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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel Is Now Available!

By on October 5, 2018 in About the Beats, Novel Writing, Today's Blog

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The first novel-writing guide from the best-selling Save the Cat! story-structure series 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.






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 SweetBerserker 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


jessica_brody_-_author_photoAfter leaving her job as a studio executive for MGM Studios in 2005, Jessica Brody has since sold more than 17 novels to major publishers. She writes books for teens, tweens, and adults including The Geography of Lost Things (Golden Fleece), The Chaos of Standing Still (Rites of Passage), Better You than Me (Out of the Bottle), 52 Reasons to Hate My Father (Fool Triumphant), the Unremembered trilogy (Superhero), and the forthcoming Sky Without Stars (Institutionalized), the first installment in a new sci-fi series pitched as Les Misérables in space”. She also writes books for Disney Press, including the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movies, and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books. Jessica’s novels have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as major motion pictures.

She has been teaching the Save the Cat! method to novelists for more than six years. She currently lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR.

Visit her online at JessicaBrody.com. Follow her on Twitter @JessicaBrody or Instagram @JessicaBrody


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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  1. Suzette Greer says:

    You may have saved more than just the cat. You might just have saved over 2500 hours of world-building, thousands of pages of research and an epic fantasy from an eleven-year spin cycle, and an epic fail.

    Ever since I read the three SAVE THE CAT books by Blake Snyder, I knew there was a way to use the “beats” for novel writing, but I struggled to put my research and writing into a sequence, a fully hero-tested storyline that made sense. The storyline was a jumbled mess — until “SAVE THE CAT WRITES A NOVEL”. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    This is the first time I can literally ‘feel’ the flow of my thinking. I understand my series falls into the Superhero genre. The exercises and checklists have helped direct my characters to their prospective places and roles in my story. — I know I’m ready to write the first book in my series.

    Again, thank you!

  2. Victoria says:

    I love your book, Jessica Brody. Thank you!