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Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Save the Cat

gingame, December 6, 2006

In writing a stage play, I usually use a "how to write it" formula book--a different one for every play (for fun and to keep my interest). The formula is just a place to hang my hat while I'm scrounging for the STRUCTURE of the new play; many times it is left far, far behind in the actual writing.

I have used many play and film script "formula" books but Scare the Cat! has been the best to get me started, a structure device that may be cast aside once the play gets going in the writing.

Please don't tell anybody I use a "formula" how-to-write-a -script bookand a film "formula" book at that. But Scare the Cat! is getting me up and running on my current play. I may discard my training wheels entirely in the actual writing, but filling in Blake Snyder's template made me realize early on, before I started writing, that my protagonist was the one who was a minor character in my original thinking---but she presented the most qualities of change, etc. necessary to being the main character. I'm glad I didn't discover that half-way into writing the play.

Ginny Foster
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