Save the Cat! Novel Calculator

Save the Cat Calculator

The Save the Cat! Novel Calculator is a tool you can use to estimate where the Save the Cat! beats should be found in your manuscript according to the total page or word count. Each beat tends to fall around the same percentage (or range of percentages), so we can do some simple math to figure out approximately where each beat should land.

Keep in mind that all stories are a little different, so your results might very slightly from what the calculator shows, which is perfectly okay. After all, writing is an art, not an exact science!

How to Use the Calculator

Simply enter your actual or estimated total Word/Page Count and click the Calculate Beats button to see the results.

If you don’t have an actual or estimate for your total Page/Word Count yet, choose a few popular novels that are in your same genre and use an average of those to come up with an estimate. Again, the goal here is not to be exact, but to give some general guidelines.

To give a few examples, here are some average Page and Word Counts for a few genres:

GenreAverage Page CountAverage Word Count
General Fiction280 to 400 pages70,000 to 100,000 words
Science Fiction / Fantasy360 to 400 pages90,000 to 100,000 words
Thriller / Horror / Mystery280 to 360 pages70,000 to 90,000 words
Young Adult240 to 360 pages60,000 to 90,000 words

 

The Save the Cat! Novel Calculator

Estimated Total Pages or Words :

 

BeatPage / Word Count
Opening Image
Theme Stated
Setup
Catalyst
Debate
Break Into 2
B Story
Fun and Games
Midpoint
Bad Guys Close In
All Is Lost
Dark Night of the Soul
Break Into 3
Finale
Final Image

 

Hope this calculator is helpful! If you’d like to learn more about how to write a novel using the Save the Cat! method, check out my book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and the official online companion course, available on Writing Mastery Academy.

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Discover the secret storytelling code behind every bestselling novel.

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