Introducing Save the Cat®

Today we heartily welcome Save the Cat's WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR of Save the Cat! Structure Software and Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. About Save the Cat!® Save the Cat! provides writers the resources they need to develop their screenplays and novels based on a series of best-selling books, primarily written by Blake Snyder (1957- 2009). Blake’s method is based on 10 distinctive genres and his 15 story beats (the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet). Our books, workshops, story structure software, apps, and story coaching teach you everything you need to unlock the fundamentals and mechanics of plot and character transformation. Find out more about Save the Cat! by visiting their website. About the Save the Cat Structure Software Save the Cat! Story Structure Software is adapted from the Save the Cat! methodology to help screenwriters and novelists unlock the fundamentals of plot and character transformation. The Story Structure Software is a virtual writer bo … [Read more...]

I’ll be at the Big Story Writers Conference on Saturday

A West Coast Writers Conference Production, The Big Story Writers Conference will be held this weekend at the Los Angeles Valley College from Friday, February 20 through Sunday, February 22. Here's the program. For fiction, nonfiction, and screen writers it will be chock full of workshops, seminars, and lectures with forty speakers, veteran educators, industry experts, publishing professionals, literary agents, publishers, and best-selling authors. And I'm happy to say I'll be one of them. I'll appear on a panel discussing: How to Write a Book Proposal that Sells (geared to nonfiction authors) The panel description says: Nonfiction authors have a special task of developing a book proposal that actually speaks for them -- even before the book is written. This panel of veteran authors will explain the elements of the proposal, and how to structure a successful one. That special task can be very daunting. However, the main lesson I learned in writing my book pr … [Read more...]