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:

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

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

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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  10. 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.

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

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

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

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

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  15. 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!

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

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

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

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  19. 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.

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

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

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  22. 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. :)

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  23. 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

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  24. 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!

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

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  26. 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.

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

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  28. 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!

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

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  30. 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.

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