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Save the Cat!® for Novelists – Personal Consultations

By on February 28, 2015 in Consultations & Analysis, Novel Writing
Novelist Jessica Brody (photo: Brian Braff)

Novelist Jessica Brody (photo: Brian Braff)

Ever since Blake Snyder’s crowd-pleasing presentation to the 2008 Romance Writers of America Conference, authors have used his Save the Cat!® story structure method to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and captivating novels.

Blake’s 15 “beats” (or plot points) are the key elements that give your story a strong “spine” and create a transformative journey for your protagonist. The beats can be used to turn a new story idea into a complete outline, help you crack your most recent rewrite, fix broken plotlines, or jumpstart you past a block.

Since novelist Jessica Brody started using Blake’s principles, she has sold 11 novels to major publishers. Jessica, who spoke on behalf of Save the Cat! at the RWA National Conference in 2013, is the international bestselling author of eight young adult and women’s fiction novels including The Karma Club and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and the three books in the YA Sci-Fi/Romance trilogy: Unremembered, Unforgotten, and Unchanged. Three of her novels – The Fidelity Files, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and Unremembered – are in development as motion pictures. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 countries.


Please note: Jessica is not doing consultations as she prepares for SAVE THE CAT!® WRITES A NOVEL, to be published on October 9, 2018.

Watch this space for announcements of Jessica’s future novel-writing seminars.

To see how the beats can be used to create a novel, check out these insightful blogs by Jessica:

The Last Novel-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need

The Hunger Games Novel Beat Sheet

The Hunger Games Book/Movie Beat Sheet Comparison

52 Reasons to Hate My Father – The “Before” Beat Sheet

Taylor Swift’s Begin Again Beat Sheet

For more information and the latest news on Jessica, be sure to visit her website or check out her Facebook page.

And don’t miss these other outstanding novel-writing blogs that have appeared on our site.

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