29 August 2012

Prizes! Part Two

For the non-fiction prizes for the What I Did Last Summer: Fact or Fiction? Blog Hop, I've complied a list of books the winner of the fact entry can choose from. First I blogged about these books, and now these:

Wonder what everyone is talking about when they say they're "beating out" their novel? Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder is a screenwriting book with advice that can easily be applied to writing a novel. All you have to do is follow the beats. It's a fun read packed with great info.







And of course, I can't do a craft book compilation without On Writing by Stephen King. This was the first writing book I read, and ultimately, what motivated me to dedicate myself to the craft of storytelling.








Melodie is also giving away a book prize to the winner of the fiction entries, and we're both offering critiques to the runners-up. We hope you'll join us for the What I Did Last Summer Fact or Fiction? Blog Hop next week!

Have you read either of these books? Do you "beat out" your novels?

31 comments:

Suze said...

I read 'Save the Cat' years ago and the one thing I remember about that book was the Pope in the pool.

Angela Cothran said...

I've been so crazy lately. You can't let me forget I signed up for this bloghop :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I love Stephen King's On Writing. I really need to read it again. Oh, and I posted some additional info on my characters. Thanks for the tip as this is helpful to those who want to leave a comment.

Cassie Mae said...

I've heard so many good things about Save the Cat. I may have to go get me a copy.

And did you change things around here? It looks awesomesauce! :D

Cherie Reich said...

I enjoyed King's On Writing, but I haven't had a chance to read Save the Cat yet.

Johanna Garth said...

Loved Stephen King's On Writing but this is the first time I've heard about Save the Cat...must check it out soon.

michelle said...

It's so strange, I just read about Save The Cat on another blog a few minutes ago....
It sounds like a must have...

michelle said...

It's so strange, I just read about Save The Cat on another blog a few minutes ago....
It sounds like a must have...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I have both of those books and use the beat sheet from Save the Cat.

Melissa Sugar said...

I've read both of these books and found both extremely helpful. After I read Save The Cat, I read a few more screenwriter/screenwriting tips books and found that they are a useful resource for novelist as well.

Theresa Milstein said...

Awesome blog hop! I've read both of these books, and I know the winner will be happy to receive one.

E. Arroyo said...

I have both of them and they're keepers. =)

Michelle said...

I have been wanting to get hands on the Stephen king book for a couple years... Must get it!
Xx

Caitlin said...

Hm, I'll have to look into Save The Cat to see what "beating it out" is all about.

Emily R. King said...

Suze, that's an image that sticks with you. :)

Cherie, you'll like it!

Michelle, I bet it was Tasha's blog. She mentioned it today.

Caitlin, you won't regret it!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

I'm tempted to get Save the Cat. Can't wait for the blog hop.

Lisa Regan said...

I've read ON Writing several times. It's so awesome!

Medeia Sharif said...

I keep seeing these two books mentioned on blogs, so I just downloaded them.

Marcia said...

I read Save the Cat and it's still on my nightstand. I think my favorite hint is Pope in the Pool. I haven't yet beat out a novel per se. My #1 favorite for plot structure is Story Engineering by Larry Brooks.

Kimberly Gabriel said...

I've been wracking my brain for the last couple weeks about what to write for this blog hop... looking forward to it!

Mark Noce said...

I never actually heard that saying before...thanks for enlightening me:)

CarrieBoo said...

Save the Cat sounds interesting. I've had a good mix of screen writer/novelist Larry Brooks (total planner) advice and inspiration from King's book. My brain has been streeeeeetched. :)

Jen Chandler said...

Both of those books are on my TBR list! I need to break down and get them then carve out time between text book reading to read them :D Thanks for giving them a mention!

Thanks for stopping by the other day!
Jen

PS: New follower :D

Peggy Eddleman said...

Fabulous prizes! I recently bought Save the Cat. I've been beating out my novels-- I guess it's about time I read the book!

Jay Noel said...

I read the 1st ed. Stephen King book so many years ago. It continues to be a great reference for aspiring novelists.

Leslie S. Rose said...

These are two of my faves. I just bought Save the Cat Strikes Back. Can't wait to dig in. I also love anything by James Scott Bell. So many good exercises and ways of thinking of things.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

King really is king. On Writing was excellent. I will have to check out Saving the Cat.

Kathryn Purdie said...

I have read Save the Cat, and, yes, I beat out my WIP (and most movies I watch). I've actually read a lot of craft books, but never On Writing. I should be fired as a wannabe author right now!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Ummm, if I can add my second entry onto IWSG, I might be able to participate.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I have both of those!

Nas said...

I have Stephen King's and a few others. But I heard so many positives about Save the Cat that I have to get it now. Thanks.