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 storyfrom the opening image to the finalethis 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 captivateand a novel that will sell.
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About the Author
JESSICA BRODY worked for MGM Studios as manager of acquisitions and business development before becoming an internationally best-selling author of more than fifteen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things, The Chaos of Standing Still, A Week of Mondays, and Better You Than Me. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently being developed for film through Reliance Entertainment by the producers of Zero Dark Thirty and Slumdog Millionaire. She travels the country teaching Save the Cat! workshops to novelists.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As a writer with publishing aspirations, I'm always seeking out new craft books to learn from and so far I think Save the Cat! Writes a Novel has been my favorite! In short, this book takes the popular screenwriting methodology from the original Save the Cat! book and breaks it down for authors, using examples of best-selling novels to provide concrete examples of different story genres. It's rare that I love a craft book as much as I did this one. The writing style of the actual book is very conversational (but also very informative) and the book really breaks down what goes into a story. I found the example beat sheets really helpful to better understand each component, and I'm looking forward to trying the writing exercises out! I also like that Brody is upfront that this book isn't designed to take over your writing style, simply enhance it. Like any piece of advice, I recommend taking everything with a grain of salt and only using what works for you. As someone who is a "plantser" (a combination of a plotter and pantser depending on what the story needs), I found this method useful in outlining without nailing down every single detail so there's still room to free write within a structure. I'm not a published author or anything. My only claim to writing knowledge is an English minor in college composed of writing classes. But I thought this was a fantastic craft book for all types of writers. As I was reading, those points that I was stuck on in my current work-in-progress story started unraveling a bit. I saw where certain scene ideas might fit better and which ones might better represent big points in the story. And I feel energized to start working on it again! I'd recommend checking out Save the Cat! Writes a Novel if you're a writer and want to add another tool to your belt. I'm not claiming this book is the end-all of writing resources but I do think it's a good one!
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is hands down the best book on writing craft that I have ever read. I've spent years picking up one after another and feeling unenlightened, confused, or just plain bored. This book is HIGHLY readable and the author uses a fantastic conversational tone throughout that really helps you to internalize her nuggets of wisdom. There's so much detail, but it's fantastically organized and chock-full of relevant examples. I cannot recommend enough. I predict this is going to go down in history with John Truby's The Anatomy of Story.