Blake Snyder: October 3, 1957 – August 4, 2009
If we’re lucky, at least once in our lifetime we meet a teacher who explains something in way that no one else could so that we finally “get it”. Blake Snyder was one of those teachers for me. His Save the Cat! books and Beat Sheet Workshops changed my writing career. And I know for a fact that he changed the lives of hundreds of other writers in the same way.
So that’s why I’m Celebrating Blake with a FREE GIVEAWAY of his book “Save the Cat!” Blake was all about sharing his knowledge and enriching the writing community. Now it’s my turn to pass on these essential tools that apply to fiction as well as screenplays. It’s just good storytelling.
To enter the FREE GIVEAWAY, leave a comment on this post before Midnight on Wednesday, August 8th. I’ll draw a name at random and announce the winner next Friday, August 10th.
Blake lived in the positive, always focused on moving a story forward. Jose Siliero’s spot on post encapsulates Blake’s attitude and outlook:
But don’t use Blake as a flashback. We all know Blake hated flashbacks. He thought they were a cheat. An easy way out. But more so, a flashback moves the story backwards, not forwards. When you think of Blake … make sure you’re moving your story forward. Make sure you are moving your life forward. Because that’s the only way Blake would have wanted it.
In true Blake style, the Save the Cat! Beat Sheet Workshops continue to move forward under the expert guidance of two talented Cats!
- Jose Siliero, Blake’s right-hand man, carries on the stellar Beat Sheet Workshops for screenwriters.
- Jessica Brody, author of The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, teaches awesome Novel-Writing Beat Sheet Workshops, specially tailored for fiction writers.
If you aren’t familiar with Blake Snyder and his approach to storytelling, check out the following interview.
Blake’s Cameo in “Bolt”
Blake Snyder and Master Cat Jose Silerio worked as a team, consulting on a number of Hollywood A-List movies. BOLT, the feature animation by Walt Disney Pictures, was one such film. It’s a testament to their contributions to the film that the following scene was included in the final release: Blake, a screenwriting pigeon, and his writing partner pitching their movie idea to Bolt. When I saw this movie in the theaters, I almost jumped out of my seat and yelled, “I know Blake!”