To My Fellow Writers,
Two years ago, I set out on an amazing and challenging adventure: to take 11 years of writing and plotting wisdom and distill it down into a single book. That book is called SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL and I’m thrilled to see it launched into the world on October 9, 2018.
The Save the Cat! Methodology (originally created for screenwriters and adapted by yours truly for novelists) breaks down all stories into 15 common plot points or “beats.” These same beats can be found in works as classic as Pride and Prejudice, 1984, and The Grapes of Wrath and as contemporary as The Girl on the Train, Ready Player One, and The Hate U Give.
Save the Cat! is essentially a blueprint for epic storytelling.
In order to fully impart the power and effectiveness of this methodology, I wanted to include tons of examples in the finished book. My original intent was to feature 20 full-length novel beat sheets (i.e. plot breakdowns), illustrating how the beats fit into some of your favorite novels. Unfortunately, the manuscript was deemed too long for print and I was asked to cut half of the beat sheets from the final draft.
But those beat sheets still exist, and they are still amazing, informative examples of the Save the Cat! Methodology in action.
So I’ve decided to give them to you for FREE!
Anyone who pre-orders a copy of SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL (eBook or paperback) before its release date of October 9, 2018, will receive a free companion eBook, featuring TEN bonus beat sheets (that’s over 120 pages of free content).
The bonus gift includes one beat sheet for each of the 10 Save the Cat! Story Genres (more on those genres when you read the book!) Scroll up for a list of which beat sheets you can expect to receive in your bonus eBook!
Deciding which beat sheets to cut from the finished book was torturous. I loved them all and I felt they all exemplified the Save the Cat! method in different yet equally important ways. So I was extremely happy (and relieved!) when it was agreed that I could give away those beat sheets to my readers for free.
I hope you enjoy the book and I hope you enjoy those bonus beat sheets!
Now go forth and tell beautiful tales.