Save the Cat! Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into and Out Of

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Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat!® and Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies, has delivered the book countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate:

The 7 warning signs you might have a...

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Overview

Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat!® and Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies, has delivered the book countless readers and students have clamored for. Inspired by questions from his workshops, lectures, and emails, Blake listened and provides new tips, tactics, and techniques to solve your writing problems and create stories that resonate:

The 7 warning signs you might have a great idea - or not

2 sure-fire templates for can't-miss loglines

The difference between structure and formula

The Transformation Machine that allows you to track your hero's growth step-by-step

The 5 questions to keep your story's spine straight

The 5-Point Finale to finish any story

The Save the Cat!® Greenlight Checklist that gets to the heart of every development issue

The right way to hear notes, deal with problematic producers, and dive into the rewrite with the right attitude

Why and when an agent will appear

How to discover the potential for greatness in any story

How to avoid panic, doubt, and self-recrimination... and what it takes to succeed and dare to achieve your dreams

Get ready to face trouble like a pro... and strike back!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984157600
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 121,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

The Introduction: Oh, You're In Trouble Now

Chapter 1 WOW! What a Bad Idea! 1

Chapter 2 In Trouble in the Classroom 21

Chapter 3 All Laid Out... And Nowhere to Go 43

Chapter 4 Straightening Your Spine 65

Chapter 5 Rewrite Hell! 85

Chapter 6 Close Encounters of the Selling Kind 109

Chapter 7 Strike Back U. 131

Chapter 8 Discipline, Focus, And Positive Energy 153

Glossary 169

About The Author 177

Remembering Blake 179

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Great for Book Writers as well as Screenwriters

    Last year, I reviewed the first in the Save the Cat! series by Blake Snyder. This time I'm reviewing the third and last book in the series called Save the Cat! Strikes Back. (I'll explain why I didn't buy the second one in a bit.)

    The series was recommended by the fabulous author and writing instructor, Les Edgerton.

    Years ago I took a screenwriting class, not because I wanted to write for Hollywood, but because I could see that the pace and structure of books was becoming more "movie-like." I wanted to learn how screenplays were structured. This third book, like my copy of the first, is now part yellow from all the highlighting I did. It is full of advice that you can easily apply to your writing.

    For example, here is some of what Snyder said about Loglines:
    The template:

    On the verge of a Stasis = Death moment, a flawed protagonist Breaks into Two; but when the Midpoint happens, he/she must learn the Theme Stated, before All is Lost.

    You might read that and go, huh? But Snyder goes on to explain what each bolded word or phrase means. When you finish reading his explanation and example, you go, Ah-ha.

    Here's another quote that you already know, but when I read it, I paused and thought, of course.

    All stories are about transformation.

    Writers always talk about the dreaded Elevator Speech where you are called upon to pitch your book within a minute. If you're interviewing at a conference, you may get ten minutes. For scripts, it's called simply The Pitch. Snyder shares a Guide that came from one of his students, Betty Ryan:

    1. Opening Image - A brief "who" of the hero
    2. Catalyst - The thing that sets the story in motion
    3. Break into Two - The essence of the story and poster
    4. Midpoint - The complication that challenges the hero
    5. All is Lost - How the hero loses everything
    6. Break into Three - The solution to the hero's dilemma
    7. Final Image - How he is transformed by this story

    The book is great, in my opinion, for both scriptwriters and bookwriters. Of course, a class with Blake Snyder would be fabulous and very intense, but we won't get that opportunity since he passed away in 2009.

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