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  • Save the Cat! Writes a Novel

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  • Written by: Jessica Brody
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  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook lays out the 10 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.

With a PDF that includes charts, lists, and exercises from the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Jessica Brody (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Every novelist should own a copy of this book. It will change the way you think about stories - and your writing. Jessica Brody takes the mystery and frustration out of plotting a novel. I’ll never write another book without a copy of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.” (Kami Garcia, number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Broken Beautiful Hearts)

"Good plotters aren't born. They're formed by studying the twists and turns of others' stories. Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is a perfect plot study tool for all levels of writer. It will help you dissect any plot conundrum, conceive your story's blueprint, and give a beat to every pivot of your hero's journey." (Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo)

“Through its insightful use of beat sheets, genres, and trade secrets, this book is an invaluable guide through the daunting task of writing a novel.” (Jessica Khoury, author of The Forbidden Wish and Last of Her Name)

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Not much new here from the original Save The Cat

I was hoping this book would differentiate itself from the screenplay version and focus on the unique craft of novel writing. However, there isn't much to learn here that isn't already covered in the previous screenplay centric 'Save The Cat' book. For example, films almost always have a prologue or hook that has nothing to do with the main character yet. Usually we see the Villain or prologue scene forshadowing the plot before we even meet the hero. In Novels, the hook often requires meeting the hero right away or even having the inciting incident in the first chapter. Having a prologue at all in a novel is hotly contested. After reading this book, I was disappointed that it didn't focus on these differences between writing for film and Novel writing. Overall it is an easy read and delivered well, but it doesn't live up to the title. If you already own Save The Cat, and are familiar with its beat structure, there isn't much to gain from Save The Cat for Novel writing.

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More detailed explanations for all writing types!

Found Save the Cat then this one the most beneficial. Skip Goes to the Movies. I feel this can be used for script writing with more detailed breakdown that compliments Save the Cat.

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Great book with terrific resources

This is a must read for all writers. The author clearly explains what makes a great book, breaks down the plot beats and provides examples from different genres. The resources with this book are phenomenal.

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Easy to Learn With Jessica

It is what I have been looking for. She is there for the writer and offers step-by-step instructions on how to write a story with the correct elements from start to finish that is required to write a good book. Her voice is easy to listen to. I would rate her to be one of the top teachers for writers with not a bunch of filler but she gets right to the point.I take her courses on Udemy also and her teaching is fun and makes me want to finish my book,

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AMAZING!

Loved it! Opened my eyes on storytelling by today's standards. So grateful to Jessica and her work. This one is a keeper and I will and must go back to that book over and over again. Not to mention the valuable pdfs she shares. I recommend this book to anyone looking to publish a novel.

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excellent reference of the15 story beats

I've read the book and listened to the audiobook (via audible). This book gives great advice on how to breakdown Blake Scheider's 15 beats for a novel. There's plenty of reference to other novels that you can review to see how they did it. This will be a reference I come back to time and again. I've marked up and tabbed my book and put bookmarks in audible. Audible book comes with a free pdf which was good reference.

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Well-Rounded Writer's Resource

For outlining and revising, this book is a helpful resource that encourages you to write a well-rounded draft. Lots of good information especially for newbie writers.

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