Save the Cat!® Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need
The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series, which reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any novel a success.
Originally created for screenwriters, the Save the Cat! story-structure method provides compelling tips and tricks to make your novel as riveting as a movie—because whether you’re writing a fantasy series, a romance, or the next Great American Novel, every captivating story throughout time (from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie) has the same 15 essential plot points, or “beats.”
In this revolutionary novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! series, novelist Jessica Brody demystifies each beat, making it simple to craft your own best seller with easy-to-follow templates. It also reveals the 10 universal story genres to help you drill down into what makes your type of story work.
Featuring sample “beat sheets” for hits from the likes of J. K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, and Stephen King, this practical guide also includes real-world advice on pitching your novel, plus the quirky, original insights (like the eponymous tip to “Save the Cat”) that make this series unique. By the end of this book, your own imaginative beats will combine to create a story that thrills readers from start to finish.
Announcing Our First Novel-Writing Beat Sheet Workshop
Learn how the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet can be applied successfully to fiction. The legion of novel writers who use the Beat Sheet includes Alyson Noël, Nina Bruhns, Kristan Higgins, Marilyn Brandt, Kieran Kramer… and Jessica Brody, who has sold 8 novels (4 optioned for…
The Last Novel-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need!
Our special thanks to novelist Jessica Brody, author of The Karma Club, for today’s inspiring blog and beat sheet: When a friend first introduced me to Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder, as an aspiring screenwriter recently turned aspiring novelist, I turned up my nose…
How the Story of a Childhood Became an Acclaimed Novel
Novelist Sandy Hanna tells how she used the ‘Save the Cat!’ story beats to write her acclaimed novel, ‘The Ignorance of Bliss: An American Kid in Saigon.’
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Novel Beat Sheet
Written by: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Publisher: Random House, Inc., 2008 — my edition: 2009 Dial Press Trade Paperback Total pages: 274 STC! Genre: Buddy Love Make no mistake, while this #1 New York Times bestselling novel was certainly branded as upmarket historical fiction,…