Save a cat for novel
Save the cat
If your character start in someone unlikeable,they should save the cat
Why do we care
Hero proactive,memorable character create character female and male to be center of the plot.focus on the hero !
Hero who reader rooted for
Reader don’t want to read about perfect hero
1 major problem or a lot of them
Catnis is poor , hungry
Let’s the problem infected their entire life.
If character is perfect there’re no point for story.
Your hero have to want something badly
What’s hero think they will improve their life.
Giving hero a goal,make reader rooted for hero.
What’s my character want in their journey
Happiness is not enough
Newhouse ,newcars,magical power?
It should not be easy to get what they want.
What standing in hero way?
Want or goal
They can change as story go on.
Want regard they change or stay he same ,they keep story moving.
When hero want something it’s make hero working.
Need is something character really want
Plot engaging ,explore hero life.
That make hero make mistake like they do.
What’s make them the way they are.
What’s character need.
Real stuff story are made of and what’s reader need for.
They need story that about something.
Your hero want or goal
External story that happen in a surface.
What’s your hero need to learn ,internal story.It’s what your story is about.character transformation
What’s the hero want make story,true soul of novel lie on character need.internal goal or spiritual lesson,not only about religion.The life lesson is inner story.There’re not may option to choose from (10 universal lesson)
Hero change to something.
Spiritual lesson or need make character experience something and reader know it.
Who is your hero?
Every plot have hero.
Harry timid ,isolated
1 true hero
Who has biggest transformation?
Save the cat beatsheet
Is a map we’re not roaming around the country.break down a daunting task to achievable goal.
Structure cheat sheet
3 act or part
15 beat or plot point
1.opening image 0-1%
2.instated someone make character know the theme
3.setup hero status quo life
New world or new way of thinking ,they cannot go back to
6.break in to 2
Try something new,enter new world
Support character help character learn the theme
8.fun and game20%-50%
9.mid point 50%
Fault defeat,middle or novel
10.bad guy close in
Downward part,internal bad guy close in,50%-70%
11.all is lost 25%
Lowest point ,rock bottom
12.dark knight of the soul
Hero learn the theme or life lesson
13.break in to three
Thesis world,status quo world before it’s change.
Provide quick Snapshot 1%
This beat set tone and style of this novel
Visual representation of hero flaw’s life
See your flaw hero inactions
How those flaw impact hero life.