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The sub-heading, 'The last book on novel writing you'll ever need', rings true. I've always wanted to read the original Save The Cat! for screenwriters, but wondered how effective it would be for novels. I wonder no more! This book documents the effective method to plotting and uses examples of books and movies to support the theory., As a new author, this book has been instrumental in honing my plotting process and making my books the best they can be. There were many light-bulb moments reading this book and I can't recommend it highly enough to plotters or pantsers - anyone who is writing a novel.
I picked this up on a recommendation and during Nanowrimo season and I'm so glad I did. I had never heard of the beat sheet before but as I read through the book, I realised that I had instinctively created certain scenes to match certain beats but had missed out other scenes that I needed to round out the story. It also really helped me with pacing my story properly as with one particular scene, I was struggling about whether it should appear earlier or later in the story. Using the methodology of this book, I found the right place for it. I really also like that this book uses contemporary literature examples to illustrate her points. I've read a lot of other novel-writing books and very few have offered such a clear and easy to follow structure that can be used by beginners and seasoned authors alike. I highly recommend it.
I found out about this book while attending a NaNoWriMo meeting. This book will help me take my 'amateur' first novel and re-fashion it into something far more satisfying. I bought the Kindle version and knew, after reading it, that I'd need the hard copy to flick the pages of and move back and forwards. Astonishing book full of just so much goodness.
This book finally unlocks the mystery of what makes a good story. It concentrates on concepts and important beats, allowing you to build a framework for any novel of any genre. I recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how story structure works.
This will most likely reaffirm what any writer will discover for themselves over time, however, it cannot be understated how empowering it is to make those connections and shift your writing to a new level.
First... it’s not a formula, there is no such thing. It is however an observation (and a good one) of how to appreciate and seek structure in storytelling, from the POV of the writer struggling to make sense, and a reader looking for resonance in their reading.