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Save the Cat! Beat Sheet

Discussion in 'Writing Resources' started by ChaoticanWriter, Dec 25, 2018.

  1. ChaoticanWriter

    ChaoticanWriter Dreamer

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    A useful tool for outlining works of writing (scripts or novels), a beat sheet helps you keep the progression of a story in line with the specific beats of a story as they follow the Three Act progression.

    I've written up an article outlining the beat sheet, providing a visual example of the sheet, and some use cases for it (some pre-filled ones for some popular stories).

    Storybuilding: Save the Cat! Beat Sheet - Chaotican Writer
     
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  2. Roddy

    Roddy Dreamer

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    Yep, I use it, great tool.
    Have found an even better one recently, Edson’s ‘The Story Solution’, which breaks that kind of structure/paradigm down even further. He calls it ‘the hero goal sequences’. I highly recommend it.
     
  3. RKM

    RKM Acolyte

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    Thanks for this! Definitely will use it :)

    Also will google the story solution one. Anything to help me plot better!
     
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  4. MrBrightsider

    MrBrightsider Scribe

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    I've heard of this sort of storyboard but I'd never actually seen it! Looks pretty useful, thanks for the link.
     
  5. Darkfantasy

    Darkfantasy Sage

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    Thanks I've been hearing about this a lot lately and am having some trouble with my plot so now off to do it.
    Thanks as I was planning on avoiding writing tonight under the excuse that I was getting annoyed with it.
     
  6. Seira

    Seira Minstrel

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    Found the diagram way too confusing to be honest, couldn't follow it. The writing was so small inside the diagram that I couldn't read it. So had to go else where to find out more.
     
  7. Darkfantasy

    Darkfantasy Sage

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    I edited my first post but can't remember whether I posted it or not and I'm tired so my brain isn't working well, sorry.

    As someone new to this method I did find the diagram hard to follow (but then I'm better with bullet points as my eyes get confused)

    Also the writing was so small in the diagram that I couldn't make it out without enlarging my screen. Otherwise it was a good article.
     

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