Save the Cat!® (for novels)
Blake Snyder developed the Save the Cat!© method for writing screenplays. This method defines the key story 'beats' or plot points, and when they should happen. It's named 'Save the Cat' because Blake advocated an early scene where the hero performs some act that shows them in a positive light. Seeing the hero save a cat or similar act of kindness means we are drawn to like them. Enter the estimated word count for your novel. This plan will give an approximation of when beats should occur.
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