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SAVE THE CAT!® by Blake Snyder is a popular screenwriting book series and storytelling methodology used by screenwriters, directors, and studio execs across Hollywood. Now, for the first time ever, bestselling author and writing teacher, Jessica Brody, takes the beloved Save the Cat! plotting principals and applies them to the craft of novel writing in this exciting new “workshop style” guide, featuring over 20 full beat sheets from popular novels throughout time.

Whether you’re writing your first novel or your seventeenth, Save the Cat! breaks down plot in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method so you can write stories that resonate! This book can help you with any of the following:

  • Outlining a new novel
  • Revising an existing novel
  • Breaking out of the dreaded “writer’s block”
  • Fixing a “broken” novel
  • Reviewing a completed novel
  • Fleshing out/test driving a new idea to see if it “has legs”
  • Implementing feedback from agents and/or editors
  • Helping give constructive feedback to other writers

But above all else, SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL will help you better understand the fundamentals and mechanics of plot, character transformation, and what makes a story work!


At the heart of all three existing screenwriting books in the SAVE THE CAT! series is the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet, or commonly referred to by insiders as “The BS2.” This is the “soul” of the Blake Snyder methodology. The BS2 breaks down every great story ever told into three acts, and furthermore into 15 “beats” or plot points that map out a compelling story with a satisfying character arc.


Can’t wait until 2018?

Sign up to receive a FREE “Save the Cat! Writes a Novel”Starter Kit! (Includes an introduction to the 15 beats plus three beat sheets from popular novels!)

You’ll also be signed up to receive additional novel beat sheets which will be released (only to subscribers) between now and publication of the book,  plus Jessica’s monthly writing tips, special coupons for Jessica’s online writing workshops, updates on the book, and more exclusive content for writers!




Genre: Non-Fiction, How-to
Age Range: All
Publisher: Ten Speed Press/Random House
Release Date: Fall 2018
Available Formats: Paperback, eBook