Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

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.

5 stars

Where to buy the book: Amazon | B&N

You can also fins more on Jessica Brody and Save The Cat! Writes a Novel on her website.


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