Save the Cat

My friend Georgia recommended this to me, and I’m really glad she did. It’s not the sort of book I would have picked up on my own, as I’m not a screenwriter. But as it turns out, Snyder’s tips are really great for any kind of fiction.

Snyder writes in a breezy, easy style that makes for quick reading. He has strong opinions and doesn’t back down from them. A lot of the things he says about how a story must be constructed will be controversial for short-story writers and novelists. But I think he provides a useful framework for thinking about how to make your story engaging and interesting — aspects that I need to work on more in my own fiction.

Very much recommended.