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Save the Cat: The Last Book On Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

August 4, 2014


The tone of the subtitle is not subtle—not much in this book is. It’s about how to write a big Hollywood-friendly screenplay, and the author has figured it out over his many years of working in Hollywood. I’m not a huge fan of the standard Hollywood plot. That said, there’s a lot to like here.

Snyder primarily covers issues of story structure—types of story, a strict outline and method for building the scaffolding of a script, and common issues with scripts. He has a helpful section on the “laws of physics of scripts” and another less-helpful (for me, at least) section on how to navigate Hollywood for the big sell.

I don’t see myself heading to L.A. anytime soon, but the advice here can be applied beyond screenplays—to novels, short stories, maybe even scripts for tv spots. Definitely a good book to have on the shelf. Don’t let the schlocky subtitle turn you off.

Here are my notes from the book, for a more in-depth overview of the material covered.



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