Top positive review
Outstanding Edition for Novelists
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2018
I've been using Blake Snyder's Save the Cat! model for years in my written stories. As others have said, it adapts extremely well from screenplay to novel writing. I've seen a substantial improvement in my novels since I read the original Save the Cat! book.
Jessica Brody has (in cooperation with Snyder's publisher) made an outstanding edition of this for novelists. I was pleasantly surprised to find many new insights that had not occurred to me. I am quite convinced it will help me further.
If you are unfamiliar with the Save the Cat! method, get this book! If you are familiar, it is still worth it, for those new insights and more directly novel-oriented approach.
As a long-time pantser (one who writes by the seat-of-the-pants instead of using a preplanned structure,) I was skeptical of the model. Yet I found it helped me to understand where I was going with my story, even when I didn't know where I was going in a scene. I no longer consider myself a panster, partly because this method has helped me comprehend my creative flow well enough to write with that flow inside the structure I have planned.
I've also combined a beat sheet based on Snyder's Save the Cat! book with one based on Randy Ingermanson's Snowflake Method, which I've put together in Scrivener. I look forward to updating that with the new insights from Jessica Brody.
All in all, this is a book that every novelist of every genre and skill level should read.