I’ve been working on the rewrite of The Companion since I received the manuscript analysis back in February. It’s been a real slog trying to change it from third person past tense to first person present tense. On October 4, I received an email from the people over at Save The Cat! to participate in a Beat Sheet workshop.
I became involved with the Save The Cat! people back in 2020 when I purchased the book Save The Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. Jessica is a successful writer of over 20 novels. My involvement was limited to reading the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t apply any of the instructions to my story-writing process.
So, why should I see if Save The Cat! can help me with The Companion? I suppose it’s because of a change that occurred in narrative of The Companion last week. Having the planet Orcol struck by a sizable interstellar asteroid similar to 1I/2017 ‘Oumuamua that visited our solar system back in 2017.
The other reason is simple. I’ve been a pantser in my story writing for as long as I’ve been doing this. I’ve fought being a plotter, but maybe now is a good time to see if I can get this rewrite going with the Save The Cat! process.