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You don't need to be a screenwriter to find Blake Snyder's "Save the Cat! Strikes Back" informative. As a matter of fact, it's downright essential for anyone crafting a meaningful story. I skipped a bit of the formula: the forty scenes, for example, but everything else is golden for a writer of fiction.
You start with getting the essence down with the pitch and the logline, translation: What's your story about so you can hone in on it and not waste time, energy, and scatter your thoughts. Think about the 180 that your hero is going to be doing, first and last scene, how s/he's going to be growing, follow the spine of the story and don't deviate from it.
Blake gives pithy terminology that just sticks with you, and it's so helpful, not to mention thrilling as he's so positive and exciting as he relays the information to you. He really believes and has followed all that he says. It's all structure, but is still so creative, it just makes you want to get out there and write your own story. And it's not about plugging in this piece here, that piece there. It's about developing your character and watching him transform into something different, something brilliant.
The best thing about the book? When you're stuck is when the magic can really happen. Snyder actually made made me relax with what I had been viewing as insurmountable roadblocks. He made me see the fun that can be had with questions; some hard, most simple and off the wall, opening new worlds of thought and possibilities.
MacLeod Andrews narrates this with a lively intensity and much good humor; he's a joy to listen to. He's very familiar with the material, and he reads it as though he wrote it himself. I'm so happy I used a credit on this.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
Where does Save the Cat! Strikes Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Blake Snyder of course knew his stuff and Macleod Andrews is the man when it comes to the narration. I just hope that the other two books are in production.
Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have and he's top notch with everything that he does. I especially love the reckoning series.
Any additional comments?
This is a great way to learn or be refreshed with the STC method. It continues to surprise me how accurate it is.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
More than other books, this one helped me understand which elements in my work I need to sharpen for impact and when certain key events should take place.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Blake Snyder was quite a character, and this narrator had the perfect intonation for his words. It sounded like Christian Slater from Kuffs at times, which made the telling of the story even better.