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Using the Beats for Series Planning and Creating Distinctive Characters

By on September 15, 2017 in About the Beats, Novel Writing with 2 Comments
Using the Beats for Series Planning and Creating Distinctive Characters

I needed a structural tool that was both organized enough to be truly helpful in creating the underlying arcs of these multiple stories and, yet, fluid and flexible enough to handle the inevitable changes that would arise while the actual writing was in progress.

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5 Ways Save the Cat!® Saved Me During the Writing (and Making) of My First Feature

5 Ways <i>Save the Cat!®</i> Saved Me During the Writing (and Making) of My First Feature

Some advice and laughs from Daisy Aitkens

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Why Audiences of All Ages Respond to Primal Themes

By on June 9, 2017 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
Why Audiences of All Ages Respond to Primal Themes

How to make your stories resonate.

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The Impact of Character Transformation in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

By on May 19, 2017 in About the Beats, Tools
The Impact of Character Transformation in <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i>

See how a tale of transformation enchants.

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Enroll Now in Our October STC!U Online Beat Sheet Workshops – And Check Out Our Testimonials!

By on May 1, 2017 in About the Beats with 7 Comments
Enroll Now in Our October <i>STC!U</i> Online Beat Sheet Workshops – And Check Out Our Testimonials!

Start with an idea… and five weeks later have the 15 beats of your screenplay.

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Turn the Beats Around

By on April 21, 2017 in About the Beats, Tools
Turn the Beats Around

The beat sheet can be a testament to your ability to challenge yourself.

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Master Cat! Summit: Naomi Beaty Interviews Salva Rubio

By on April 14, 2017 in About the Beats, Today's Blog
Master Cat! Summit: Naomi Beaty Interviews Salva Rubio

Learn from our new book.

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Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies Is Now On Sale

By on March 24, 2017 in About the Beats, Genre, Today's Blog
<i>Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies</i> Is Now On Sale

See how other writers have tackled the same challenges you’re facing.

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Story Beats in the Songs: The Lyrics of Disney’s Moana

By on March 3, 2017 in About the Beats, Tools
Story Beats in the Songs: The Lyrics of Disney’s <i>Moana</i>

How lyrics provide beats.

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Save the Cat!® Podcats: The All Is Lost Beat Test

<i>Save the Cat!®</i> Pod<i>cats</i>: The All Is Lost Beat Test

How to use the story beat to crack your own story.

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