Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Ten Speed Press/Random House
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, How-To
Age Range: All
Available Formats:
 Paperback, eBook, Audiobook
ISBN: 978-0399579745
Pages: 256

A #1 Amazon Bestseller!

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.

Originally created for screenwriters, the Save the Cat! story-structure method provides compelling tips and tricks to make your novel as riveting as a movie—because whether you’re writing a fantasy series, a romance, or the next Great American Novel, every captivating story throughout time (from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie) has the same fifteen essential plot points, or “beats.”

In this revolutionary novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! series, novelist Jessica Brody demystifies each beat, making it simple to craft your own best seller with easy-to-follow templates. It also reveals the ten universal story genres to help you drill down into what makes your type of story work. Featuring sample “beat sheets” for hits from the likes of J. K. Rowling, Khaled Hosseini, and Stephen King, this practical guide also includes real-world advice on pitching your novel, plus the quirky, original insights (like the eponymous tip to “Save the Cat”) that make this series unique. By the end of this book, your own imaginative beats will combine to create a story that thrills readers from start to finish.



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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