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Save the Cat! Software Tips & Tricks

Please use this topic for any discussion related to the Save the Cat! Story Structure Software—your digital writers board. Please feel free to post any short cuts, insights, and helpful hints. Please be specific with your subject; this is a forum for those who seek help and love solving challenges.

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10 Story Genres

Dedicated to the 10 Story Genres that Blake Snyder defined. Just like Picasso said, “Know every rule like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” Please be specific with your subject; this is a forum for those who seek help and have a passion for discussing stories.

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Blake Snyder Beat Sheet

For those who want to dig into the famed Blake Snyder Beat Sheet. Please use this topic to discuss the 15 beats, how they best work for you, or to solicit help so that the beats can work harder for you. This is about making your story spine as straight as possible. Be specific with your questions; be helpful and open minded.

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Loglines

The one-liner that paints a compelling picture of your story. Blake Snyder felt loglines have 4 basic elements: a type of protagonist, a type of antagonist, conflict, and an open-ended question. He also believed a dash of irony and a compelling mental picture should be part of an effective logline. Please use this space to discuss the trials and tribulations of cracking this seemingly simple task.

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Novel Writing

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Save the Cat! Screenplay Challenge

Happens once a year, a tribute to the overall challenge of completing a screenplay and being brave enough to have your story read in its entirety and analyzed through the 50 points of analysis adopted from Blake’s 50 Questions to Greenlight a Story.

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Podcats

The Save the Cat! Podcast, known as PODCATS. Please share any thoughts of the podcast and feel free to request new ones with specific topics. We would love to hear from you.

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Save the Cat! Bookclub

Currently reading the Save the Cat! books? Thinking of reading others? Please share with the community any thoughts, insights, and POVs.

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Webinars and Classes

Many alumni of the Save the Cat! Webinars and Classes seek connection post their experience. Keep the relationships warm and active.

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New, Updated and Wish Listed Save the Cat! Products

We want to hear from you! Share the challenges and hoped-for solutions; we want to help develop the best tools for screenwriters and novelists.

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Save the Cat! Shorthand & Glossary

Here you will find all the helpful terms defined.


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Adapting Stories for Film, TV and Novels

Please share any thoughts and experiences of adapting stories—it’s become more and more common to want to hear about how this is done.

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