Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist: 10 Steps to Hero by Sacha Black

Sacha Black has two new releases in her better writing series… How to Craft A Kickass Protagonist: 10 Steps to Hero and an accompanying Work Book.

About How to Craft a Kickass Protaganist: 10 Steps to Hero

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
+ 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.

An early review for the book

I’m really not one for reading texts for how to improve your writing.

It’s not that I don’t think I need them, but I often feel that if someone is telling me how to write, then what I churn out is not really my voice, but that of another…

Having said that, I have read a few recently, by trusted authors, some who I feel I know, some whose name I have grown up with… Stephen King, Karen McQuestion, Bryan Cohen, Nicola Morgan, Sacha Black…

And they haven’t been telling me what to write, rather how to go about the process, sometimes how they started off, in order to reach the heights they have climbed.

Sacha Black is definitely one of those authors. Hers was actually the first ever writing craft book I read actually. When she released her guide to creating villains, I had to get it. Partly because I had been with her step by step, via the blog, as she wrote it, and partly because she always sounds like she knows what she’s talking about!

And I wasn’t disappointed!  So… Did it help me? I gotta say YES!

For the first time, since reading these kinds of books, I was inspired to get a pen and paper, any paper, and jot down ideas to hopefully improve my characters, and their reasoning behind doing some of the things they do in my own book!

I’m weaving my own web of connectivity, creating character arcs, looking through my hero lens… (you’ll need to read it to get what all those are!) And all with the help of this rather cool guide that is rather funny too. Sacha is like me, she tends to create her own words, to describe things. She’s not afraid to say it like it is either.

And would I recommend it to other aspiring writers? Absolutely!!!

I was provided with an electronic copy for an honest review, and I purchased my own copy too.

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About the workbook

Sacha Black’s book, 10 Steps To Hero – How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist, showed writers how to create their ultimate hero in an easy and humorous, step-by-step guide.

This workbook puts those lessons to use by building on each chapter in 10 Steps To Hero and guiding you through the development of your indisputable hero. It’s time to cut through the charm, get to the core of your character,and supersize that hero.

Inside the workbook you’ll find hundreds of thought-provoking questions, exercises, and creativity boosting prompts. This resource will help you to:

+ Develop a killer character arc
+ Weave your web of story connectivity seamlessly through your book
+ Design page turning tension and conflict
+ Build market knowledge to help you create a hero that sells

Craft your characters through easy-to-digest exercises that empower you to master your heroes.

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Also by Sacha Black

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About Sacha Black

Sacha Black has five obsessions; words, expensive shoes, conspiracy theories, self-improvement, and breaking the rules. She also has the mind of a perpetual sixteen-year-old, only with slightly less drama and slightly more bills.

Sacha writes books about people with magical powers and other books about the art of writing. She lives in Hertfordshire, England, with her wife and genius, giant of a son.

When she’s not writing, she can be found laughing inappropriately loud, blogging, sniffing musty old books, fangirling film and TV soundtracks, or thinking up new ways to break the rules.

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