May 11, 2016 at 4:41PM


Save the Cat – Screenwriting Story Structure Made Easy

Why would you want to ‘Save the Cat’? If you are a screenwriter or aspiring one you should of heard by now of Blake Snyder’s game changing screenwriting book.

In his 20-year career as a film producer and screenwriter, Blake Snyder sold dozens of scripts, including co-writing Blank Check, which became a hit for Disney, and Nuclear Family for Steven Spielberg — both million-dollar sales. Named “one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters,” Blake sold his last screenplay in 2009.

His book, Save the Cat!® The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need, was published in May, 2005, and is now in its 24th printing. When I read this book it really had an impact on my storytelling and screenwriting.

Thankful Blake was not done and apparently it was not quite the last book on screenwriting you’ll ever need, as the eagerly awaited sequel, Save the Cat!® Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told, was published in October, 2007 — shooting to #1 in the Screenwriting and Screenplay categories on Blake’s third book, Save the Cat!® Strikes Back: More Trouble for Screenwriters to Get Into… And Out Of, was published in November, 2009.

Blake’s method has become the “secret weapon” of many development executives, managers, and producers for its precise, easy, and honest appraisal of what it takes to write and develop stories that resonate. Save the Cat!® The Last Story Structure Software You’ll Ever Need has codified this method. Blake passed unexpectedly in 2009 but the Save the Cat community carries on Blake’s work.

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Blake’s main pupils Jose Silerio. Jose is carrying the torch of Blake’s work and travels around the world well…saving the cat.

Listen to the interview here:

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Yes - SAVE THE CAT - is an excellent break-down of a story.
But the story happens to be AN HERO'S JOURNEY.
Blake created easier beats than Joseph Campbell. For IN THE BELLY OF A WHALE is hardly a useful expression.
Yet, for DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL - you cannot just write - "Woe is me. Just what am I going to do now ?" That is rubbish.
You see even Blake's beats are not the be-all and end-all. DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL is about CHANGE and THREAT - with the hero sorting out his FACTS from his FANTASIES.
I have written - THE SIGN OF 4 - a free ebook, that explains all about what an Hero's Journey really is - about Throughlines - and about DEEP LITERARY THEME THEORY.

January 29, 2020 at 6:39PM, Edited January 29, 6:41PM


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