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The First 3 Pillar Beats

By on September 7, 2018 in Podcasts, Tools

7c35713d-6526-4627-9a3c-96e5af21842estcpodcats_605x480pxBlake Snyder believed that there are 6 beats or “pillars” that are most important—and that discovering these beats in your story will allow you to eventually grow all your 15 beats. In this podcats, Naomi Beaty and Don Roff consider the Opening Image, Midpoint, and Final Image—the first three of Blake’s pillars. How do these beats connect? Which might you start writing first? Listen up for some helpful advice to developing the foundation of your tale.

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About the Author

About the Author: Naomi Beaty is a screenwriter and script reader who was mentored by Blake Snyder and worked with him on Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies. She was an editor of Save the Cat!® Goes to the Indies and teaches in both our online and in-person writing workshops. Award-winning author Don Roff has written nearly 20 books, including Snowblind and the upcoming Clare at 16, which is being produced as a film by Dead Rabbit Films. .

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  1. Benja says:

    Just commenting to let you know that I love these podcasts!

  2. Stéphane says:

    Hi CATS,
    is it actually possible to download these podcats (the series) the way it is advertized on the page?

    Save the Cat!® Podcats: Deep Dive into the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet – Part 4: The Last 3 Pillar Beats | Save the Cat!®
    Naomi Beaty and Don Roff explain the intricacies of the Catalyst, Break into Two, and Break into Three story beats.

    Clicking on “download” only takes us to a window where we can listen to it.


    • BJ says:

      Hi, Naomi checked it on a Mac and I checked on a PC (browser: Chrome) and it downloaded on both. Could you kindly try a different browser and let me know?

  3. Victoria says:

    I just found these and they’re so helpful! Thank you so much. I’ve been writing for a while now but tend to get lost after the midpoint. Is it essential to explain the catalyst early or can it be hidden until later and covered as backstory?