Book Talk…5/24/19 Sacha Black’s 13 Steps to Evil
13 Steps to Evil: Creating a Supervillain by Sacha Black. Atlas Black Publishing May 9, 2017. Craft book.
blurb: Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your
Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?
In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover:
- How to develop a villain’s mindset
- A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
- Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
- What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs
there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains.
Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help
power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.
These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.
If you like dark humour, learning through examples and want to create the best villains you can, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting superbad villains. Read 13 Steps to Evil today and start creating kick-ass villains.
My Review: Sacha had a lot of super suggestions for creating a three-dimensional villain. She made you realize that a villain really IS your most important character. I liked the book a LOT and plan to look into what she has to say on heroes as well. I’ve read some good books lately where the villain is just sympathetic and even a tragic romantic figure—Darkling, anyone? I can see these steps leading writers to an advantage and keeping our readers from being bored.