Blake Snyder, RIP: SAVE THE CAT Saved So Many Plots from Oblivion

Save-the-cat  For the past four months, I've been searching for my copy of Blake Snyder's SAVE THE CAT. Its 15-point "beat sheet" is THE Bible for many screenwriters — and a good many novelists as well (you can count me among the latter).

Well, I found it today — ironically, right after I'd read about Blake's passing.

I had the good fortune to take one of Blake's workshops, at the Romance Writers' Association's national convention in San Francisco last year. It made a wonderful case as to why some of the key plotting elements used in film scripts work so well in novels, too.

Since that time, I've sold a book or two in which I applied his process. Now I can't live without it.

How do you measure the worth of a being? I've never believed it's by how much money you've made, but by how many people you've touched with your personal insights. Whereas a lot of Blake's fans — whom I count myself one — talk about how his teachings have helped their careers, there wasn't a person who met Blake who didn't feel as if he was their new best friend: a guy willing to teach you everything he knew, and root for you every step of the journey.

In other words, Blake was priceless.

The search is over. SAVE THE CAT will be on my desk for a long time to come. Blake, on the other hand, lives on in the hearts, minds, imaginations and plots of the thousands who learned from him.

I am so proud to be one of these lucky few,