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How Does the Catalyst Beat Vary According to Genre?

p054k8mkSTC!_PodcastDNaomi Beaty and Don Roff cite over 25 films in this invigorating breakdown of how — and why — each of Blake Snyder’s 10 genres have distinctive catalysts. Know your genre… then know what your catalyst must achieve! Unsure of your genre, your catalyst can lead you to your story type.


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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. Dean Balsamo says:

    Thank you. Thought-provoking. Really like the emphasis on genre. Would love to see more posts dealing with the specifics of beats within the different genres.

  2. Bob Woods says:

    Very interesting podcats…Congrats to you both!

    I keep hearing/reading more & more about what the viewer “expects” to see in each genre’. In other words, we have to touch each base to satisfy them.

    I hope your book can clarify what those bases are for each of STC’s Genre’s.


    Bob Woods

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