I’ve heard many times that there is no magic formula for writing a novel. There may not be a formula, but there’s definitely a pattern that good novels follow.
In Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, Jessica Brody walks us through the 15 “beats” of a well-written novel. These beats, or plot points, can be found in many great books and movies… wherever there’s a story, you’ll find these beats.
A few of these beats include:
- The Opening Image
- The Catalyst
- The B Story
- The Midpoint
- All is Lost
And more – each one explained thoroughly, with examples from popular novels.
My copy is marked with post-it tags; it’s underlined, circled, asterisked… I couldn’t NOT mark this book up! If you get one book on plotting, make it this one.
This book is a must have for writers.
You can also fins more on Jessica Brody and Save The Cat! Writes a Novel on her website.