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.

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  1. Anonymous

    Outstanding Edition for Novelists I’ve been using Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! model for years in my written stories. As others have said, it adapts extremely well from screenplay to novel writing. I’ve seen a substantial improvement in my novels since I read the original Save the Cat! book.Jessica Brody has (in cooperation with Snyder’s publisher) made an outstanding edition of this for novelists. I was pleasantly surprised to find many new insights that had not occurred to me. I am quite convinced it will help me…

  2. Anonymous

    Finally, Save the Cat Fits My Books While this book takes on the formula of Save the Cat from the screenwriting books it still has a very different soul. I’ve used the Save the Cat method to write my books for years, and was thrilled when I learned this book was coming. I read it all in one sitting, and despite many books built with the same 15 beats, I still managed to tag the thing to oblivion with new pieces of information that will make my novels better. Ms. Brody takes the tried and true methods and adapts them for the…

  3. Anonymous

    Every new novelist should begin their learning process with this book. If you’re a new novelist or NaNoWriMoer looking for a single book to help you write your novel, this is the one. Even pantsers will find the structure presented in this book to be extremely useful.The original “Save the Cat” beat sheet for screenwriting has been widely used by writers of all kinds for years, so when I saw that Jessica Brody was writing a “Save the Cat” for novelists, I pre-ordered it immediately. I was not disappointed. “Save the Cat! Writes a Novel” broke down each…

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