I will just say it right now: I love index cards. For many years I have used index cards when planning and outlining my books and other projects. I love that they are easy to move around and rearrange. They can be pinned to a cork board or laid out on a table, and they can be put in one very portable stack and taken wherever you want to work with them.
The folks at Save the Cat get that. They have taken the Save the Cat concept and created two sets of Story Cards. The Beat Cards are for the 15 beats that make up your story. The Scene cards are for the 40 scenes (plus 10 extra cards “just because”).
If this talk of beats and scenes is unfamiliar, you must not have read Save the Cat or taken the online course. Both are definitely worth doing if you want to construct strong stories. Save the Cat was created by Blake Snyder as a method to write screenplays, but it is also used by novelists because, after all, a great story is a great story.
Although the Story Cards are not required to use the Save the Cat process, they are an easy way to organize your beats and scenes. Each of the 15 Beat Cards has the beat listed and described, with white space to write in your beat. The 40 Scene Cards are color coded for each of the four acts of the story. Each card has a place for location, moment, emotional change of the main character and to name the conflict, good guy and obstacle addressed in the scene.
Those who are new to Save the Cat may find these cards especially helpful in staying organized and on track. There is nothing new here that you won’t find in the book or the course, but the cards are a useful tool for putting the building blocks of your story together.
Now back to writing my novel…