Blake Snyder’s beatsheet is my new blog feature. I’ll try to have posts like this every two weeks or so, Name of movie or book in 15 Beats, and I hope this helps you too.

Two things to keep in mind: I watch most of these with my kid and that means most of the movies will be kids’ movies and I’m not paying 100% attention to the movie. Second, I’m sorta new to the method and still struggle with the Theme, the All is Lost and Dark Night of the Soul beats. In case you have better suggestions, please do so on the comments. We can discuss the points and, if I end up agreeing with you, I’ll change my beats. Deal?

 Planet 51 in 15 Beats

1. Opening Image: Movie of an “alien” invasion.

2. Theme Stated (4.5%): Universe (life) isn’t scary if you open up to it. It’s amazing.

3. Set-Up (1-9%): Lem shows his space presentation. Lem and his friend Skiff walk around the city (we see the setting). Skiff and Eckle drool over the next “alien” movie.

4. Catalyst (10%): The arrival of the alien (Chuck).

5. Debate (10-22.5%): Lem finds Chuck hidden–to help or not?

6. Break Into Two (22.5%): Lem helps Chuck.

7. B Story (27%): Lem and Chuck’s friendship.

8. Fun and Games (27-50%): Around the town with the “alien”. They find Rover. Make “zombies” out of two dumb soldiers.

9. Midpoint (50%): Chuck is discovered and shown on TV as the brain eating type.

10. Bad Guys Close In (50-68%): Soldiers their way to Chuck. Lem and Chuck run. They capture Rover–they want to study him. Neera (the girl Lem likes) is disappointed in him.

11. All Is Lost (68%): Chuck is captured.

12. Dark Night of the Soul (68-77%): Chuck is going to be tested on. Lem is without his friend, without the girl he wanted, without the job, and having to lie.

13. Break Into Three (77%): Lem goes after Chuck–with Skiff, Eckle and Neera.

14: Finale (77-100%): Rescuing Chuck.

15. Final Image (100%): Chuck leaves the planet as friend.

*Note that the percentages are approximate. 


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Hello all!

Welcome back for another ROW80 and NTS update.

My goals for the past week and how it went:

  1. Writing: continue revising my manuscript. This wasn’t the best week for this. I don’t know why but I wasn’t feeling my story, but I pushed through. Again, I added at least 1500 words each day, and cut and polished a few things.
  2. Reading: finish books #38 and #39 (goodreads challenge). I actually read books #38, #39, #40, #41, #42, #43, #44 (most of them were really short, like novelettes, though).
  3. Social media: blog at least twice and hop on Twitter from time to time. Done
  4. Exercise: 3x at least. Four times.

I don’t have anything new to tell other than the update. Hubby is still travelling for work, and I hate it. Daughter is doing well and making me laugh tons. And I’m working (aka writing/revising) when I can.

My goals for next week:

  1. Writing: Monday and Tuesday, continue revising my manuscript (and finish it, then put it aside to get some distance from it). Wed, start outlining/writing something else (DG#2, maybe?).
  2. Reading: read book #45 and I probably should update my goodreads challenge to a higher number.
  3. Social media: blog at least twice and hop on Twitter from time to time.
  4. Exercise: 3x at least.


Go support the other ROWers too! Have a great week!


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Hey guys,

I don’t know if you’ve been over to the NA Alley blog, but there is an upcoming pitch contest with agent Lauren Hammond (blog | twitter) of ADA Management Group (August 8th) and each month we have a Featured Book of the Month with a giveaway.

Also, my NA sister Victoria Smith wrote a nice blog post about using Goodreads to promote New Adult (or anything, really).

The awesome editor Adrien-Luc Sanders is having a contest on his blog. He’ll closed it at 50 entries, so I’m not sure if by the time this go live, it’ll be open or closed.

Lovely Dorothy Dreyer has a pitch contest coming up on her blog (August 20th and 21st).

Savvy Authors has tons of pitches contests coming up. Check often as they update this daily.

Also, you should follow these bloggers because besides great people, they have contests frequently: Brenda Drake, Authoress, Krista Van Dolzer, the ladies at Operation Awesome, and the writers at YAtopia.


Do you have any contest or interesting posts to share?



Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic:

What was the best book you read in July?

Easy. The answer is easy.

Source: Goodreads


A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night–but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.


Guys, this is NEW ADULT! And a great one, I must say!

Do you like contemporary? Do you like romance and sexual tension? Do you like a drama that makes you cry with the heroine? Then Easy is for you!


What was the best book you read in July?