Save the Cat! Strikes Back is actually the third book in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! series for screenwriters. This volume doesn’t have as much to offer for novelists as the original book did, but it still provided a few valuable tips and techniques. One example is a five-point plan to help organize the final confrontation between the hero and villain of your story.

Most of the last half of the book is devoted to screenwriting career tips and the inspirational story of how Snyder turned around his scriptwriting career at age 31. I learned some things from this book, but not as much as I did from the original Save the Cat! – I will be reading the second volume of the series, Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies, but not right away.