This book How to Craft a Kickass Protagonist – 10 Steps To Hero has become a permanent feature in my writer’s handbag and it has really helped me on my journey to publication. If only the author, Sacha Black, knew how bendy I’ve made the book spine (from excessive use), how many pages are now dog eared and how many pages are adorned with messy fingerprint marks.
I have read Sacha’s 13 Steps To Evil which is all about crafting superbad villains and I loved it. The nifty thing with Sacha’s books is that she gives you a little writing pep talk as you go along. You can’t beat her use of humour, sarcasm and wit. Sacha also knows all of your bad writing habits when writing characters and will get inside your writing mind. I found myself rushing to a notebook after reading Villains.
This book on crafting heroes has been a life saver for me. It appeared at the right time. All work on my story had stopped because I knew something was wrong, but couldn’t work out what. So, instead of figuring out what was making me treat my draft like it had the plague, I chose to avoid my story, told everyone I was no longer a writer (I’m not dramatic at all) and took to the sofa to binge eat Oreos and fall down a Netflix rabbit hole.
The universe had other ideas. Sacha wrote her book on heroes and I made a purchase despite telling everyone nothing would make me return to the writing desk. Six days later and I was wiping a layer of sweat from my brow while hammering out words.
This book pulled me back from the brink!
Here’s the blurb:
From cardboard cut-out to superhero in 10 steps.
Are you fed up of one-dimensional heroes? Frustrated with creating clones? Does your protagonist fail to capture your reader’s heart?
In 10 Steps To Hero, you’ll discover:
+ How to develop a killer character arc
+ A step-by-step guide to creating your hero from initial concept to final page
+ Why the web of story connectivity is essential to crafting a hero that will hook readers+ Why the web of story connectivity
The four major pitfalls to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs
Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create your perfect protagonist. Whether you’re writing your first story or you’re a professional writer, this book will help supercharge your hero and give them that extra edge.
These lessons will help you master your charming knights, navigate your way to the perfect balance of flaws and traits, as well as strengthen your hero to give your story the conflict and punch it needs.
First, there were villains, now there are heroes. If you like dark humor, learning through examples,and want to create the best hero you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting heroes.
Read 10 Steps To Hero today and start creating kick-ass heroes.
Here’s my review:
I have read a lot of writing craft books on characters. Most only focus on character motivations and don’t go any further. So, you can end up with characters who lack depth and struggle to grow. Sacha takes characterisation to a NEW level. By the time you have followed her advice your protagonist will be setting your reader’s heart on fire. Sacha covers all bases; character arcs, character journey, archetypes, cliches, conflict, tropes and the sprinkling of unicorn dust. She leaves no stone unturned. Once Sacha Black gets her hands on your character, it will be like one of those TV transformation programmes. You know where their life gets totally overhauled and the once shy contestant comes back oozing with confidence, charisma and owns the room? That’s what this book is like!
Every concept she talks about is broken down to a granular level so you can understand it. I struggle with difficult concepts so I like authors who hold my hand and talk slowly to me. Sacha also brings in loads of examples from films and books to help out.
Sacha studied psychology so you will find her craft books take character’s minds apart. You get to understand there is something bigger than motivation, driving all of your character’s actions, thoughts and dialogue.
Her ideas make sense too. The Web of Connectivity concept is brill and will give you one of those magical a-ha moments.
I love how much support she gives you too. There’s a text book and a workbook which you can buy.
This was a different type of writing craft book for me. It was more in-depth and I loved the focus on heroes. Sometimes we forget that heroes can be just as fun as villains. They don’t have to be goody-two-shoes type characters. There’s a whole lot more to our heroes and this book, I believe, gives them much needed human qualities which can only be a good thing when attracting readers.
A fab book for those looking to develop their writing craft!
3 Things I like About This Author:
- Sacha has a beautiful Instagram page. You want to scroll down and check out her bookcases!
- Sacha writes Young Adult when she’s not writing Non-Fiction. Her Keepers series is well worth a read.
- Sacha has been on a few podcasts lately and my fav is this one. It is the Worried Writer’s podcast and Sacha talks about ‘extreme geekery.’
If you want to know more about Sacha’s books – here are some links:
Have a great day x