Save the Cat! Writes a Novel - The last book on novel writing you'll ever need
How much do I want to read more? 7/10
Tips for writing a compelling story?
What's interesting here is to read the "patterns" that have been collected from a wide range of style and authors from the begining of litterature up to today.
It gives the "ingredients" and the structure.
I'm not interested in writing fiction books, not even reading some, but still, I find this book interesting.
Blake Snyder studied the elements of story and character transformation and noticed an underlying pattern. A secret storytelling code.
A Screenwriting Guide for Novelists?
The key is all in the pacing. A well-paced novel with visual elements, compelling character growth, and an airtight structure can step into the ring with any blockbuster film—and win.
The Method to My Madness
structure is the order in which those events happen and, maybe even more importantly, the timing of when they happen. Then you add in a character who needs to change and does change by the end, and presto! You’ve got a story worth telling.
Plot, structure, and character transformation.
Plotters Versus Pantsers
Plotters are those who plot out their novels before they begin; pantsers are those who just “write by the seat of their pants” and figure it out as they go.
The “F” Word
It’s an underlying storytelling code.
It’s the secret recipe that makes great stories work.
There’s something buried deep within our DNA as humans that makes us respond to certain storytelling elements told in a certain order.
At the very least, you need an idea for a novel. It can even be a character that interests you, or a collection of inspiring thoughts. Can it go the distance? Can it really carry you through three hundred-plus pages of prose?
- chapter 1. the main character or “hero”. who they are, and why they are desperately in need of transformation.
- chapter 2. The beats. fifteen beats of the Save the Cat!
- chapters 3–13. The genres. story genres are broken down by type of character transformation and/or central theme.
- chapter 14. The pitch. a one-page description (the synopsis)
- chapter 15. practical solutions to the six most common problems.
What About the Cat?
“Save the cat!” is one of these tips. If your main character starts off somewhat unlikable, then, in the early pages of your story, they should save a cat (yes, like from a tree or a burning building or a shelter), or do something comparable that immediately makes the reader root for them, regardless of their original likability.