Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Ten Speed Press/Random House
Publication Date: July 25, 2023
Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, How-To
Age Range: All
Available Formats:
 Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-1984859235
Pages: 320

An indispensable guide in the bestselling Save the Cat! story structure series that reveals the 15 essential plot points needed to make any young adult novel a success, from an accomplished novelist and the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.

In Save the Cat! Writes a Young Adult Novel, prolific author and story coach Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story structure guide for anyone who wants to write a young adult novel by applying the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of YA fiction. In this book, you will learn:

• The fifteen “beats” (or plot points) that are necessary for crafting a successful story with a compelling character arc —including the Opening Image, Catalyst, Fun and Games, Bad Guys Close In, Dark Night of the Soul, and Finale
• The ten universal story genres that will help you drill into what makes your type of story work, including those most commonly found in young adult novels like Rites of Passage, Superhero, Buddy Love, Institutionalized, and Golden Fleece
• Quirky, original insights and writing tips like “Save the Cat,” the “Shard of Glass,” and the “Dark Night Epiphany,” that help you craft a story that will thrill and captivate teen readers

Filled with practical advice, easy-to-follow templates, and “beat sheets” analyzing the structure of popular young adult novels such as Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, and Lois Lowry’s The Giver, this book is the ultimate reference for anyone who’s ever dreamed of writing their own young adult bestseller.



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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is now available as an online writing workshop!

Take your plotting skills to the next level with more examples of the beats in action, plus interactive “writer’s room” sessions where Jessica walks you through the steps of brainstorming, writing, or revising your novel using the Save the Cat! method (while she brainstorms her own!) Click to Learn More!


Save the Cat! Writes a Novel is a perfect plot study tool for all levels of writer.”
— Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 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

“This playful, illuminating book is a godsend for anyone seeking to understand story structure for novels.”
— Emmy Laybourne, author of the international bestselling Monument 14 trilogy, and the novels Sweet, Berserker and Ransacker

“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, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthor of Beautiful Creatures and author of Broken Beautiful Hearts