Save the Cat! Writes A Novel

Save the Cat! Writes A Novel

The Last Book on Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Book - 2018
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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. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 "beats" (plot points) that comprise a successful story--from the opening image to the finale--this book lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude with a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate--and a novel that will sell.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Ten Speed Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780399579745
Branch Call Number: 808.3 B785
Characteristics: 313 page : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Apr 02, 2020

This is very helpful if you want to know more about the structure of storytelling. While novels don't have to follow this outline, it certainly helps to have a good foundation. I found this to be very useful.

Sep 01, 2019

I’m not one for picking up just any book on writing. I am a pantser, which means I despise planning my projects. I have tried in the past to plan them, and it never stays the same. So I quit. But this book is not against pantsing.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is a great look into the meat of storytelling. It helps you to find the fifteen ‘beats’ of your project. Knowing these beats will help to strengthen the structure of your book as well as help you to come up with a way to market your book. The simple language and the many examples of beat sheets from books of all kinds will help to improve your ability to structure your books.

The best part about this book is that it honestly doesn’t matter whether you’re a plotter or a pantser. You can use the information in this book at almost any point in the writing and revision of your novel. I would recommend this to writers of all skills and fiction books. Great book!

IndyPL_ToddG Apr 05, 2019

Novelists can learn a lot from screenwriters about plot structure and story development, but until Jessica Brody contributed this book there was no entry in the Save the Cat! canon specifically geared toward the novelist.

The stated intent of the Save the Cat! series is not to squelch creativity or to produce rigidly "formulaic" prose, but to assist writers trying to develop robust, full-featured plots that don't leave readers unsatisfied or feeling that the writer failed to include elements necessary to produce a complete, finished story. Some critics disagree, feeling that the Save the Cat! series is, in fact, formulaic - your mileage may vary.

While many of the genre tropes and story structure elements will be familiar to writers who are familiar with the original works of Blake Snyder (geared toward Hollywood-blockbuster style screenplays) this entry stands alone and can be enjoyed by writers working in multiple genres and exploring various themes.


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