Heroes Need Villains: 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black is Now Available! #writing #bookboost


Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is.

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

Finally, 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.

Click Here and Up Your Villain Game!



Why Writers Fudge Up Their Villains

Villains are like newborn infants. So much glorious potential. Until we writers get our grubby mitts on them and balls it up. With the careless flick of a pen, we can turn a finely sculpted baby villain into a cringe-worthy cliché because we didn’t make him bad enough, or we create something so heinously evil it’s unrealistic.

A villain might be a plot device, but he still needs a purpose and a goal, or he’s unworthy as an opponent for your hero (See STEP 3 for motives and goals).

While researching this book, writers told me all kinds of problems they encountered while creating their villains. From getting the dialogue right and avoiding clichés, to knowing how evil to make a villain, to how to reveal her motives without using blatant exposition.

Behind all these issues lie two basic barriers that are the Achilles in every writer’s villainous heel:

  1. Depending on the point of view (POV) the book’s written in, the villain is usually seen through the eyes of your hero.

A solitary POV gives you a page-limited amount of time to show your villain’s best, most authentic and devilishly evil side. Page-limited to the point it makes it eye-wateringly difficult to convey her backstory effectively without information dumping. You have to be better, clearer, more tactical and more concise with your words to create superbad villains.

  1. Writers are hero worshippers.

We love our heroes and protagonists more than our spouses. And as a result, we spend shameful amounts of time honing our protagonist’s muscular heroics into shape. But that relegates our villain (the plot-driving conflict-creator) to the corner of our book, complete with a nobody-loves-you-anyway hat. In other words, writers don’t pay enough attention to their villain.

Intrigued? Want to read more? For one week only, you can pick up 13 Steps for the special price of just £1.99. For more info and links, head over to Sacha’s blog. Happy villainous writing! Muahahaha….

Sacha Black Author Bio

 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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Non-fiction Website: www.sachablack.co.uk

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About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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19 Responses to Heroes Need Villains: 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black is Now Available! #writing #bookboost

  1. Ritu says:

    Already on my Kindle!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sacha Black says:

    Ahhh my actual gosh. WHAT AN AWESOME POST. Thank you so much, Charles, glad you finally got the dropbox to work, and then I saw you picked up a copy too – thank you, thank you. I hope you enjoy it 😀 ❤ I'll be adding this to my sharing schedule over the next few weeks. I am indebted ❤


    • You’re welcome. Always happy to help with a book release. Not sure what went wrong with dropbox, but I always have something happen that makes me scratch my head. Hope the book has a great debut.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sacha Black says:

        Thanks Charles, I hope so too. Ahhh, dropbox can be a bit funny to be fair, I never know if it’s the right tool to use or not.


      • I use it only for storage since I’ve lost too many manuscripts to crashes and corruption. Never really tried the sharing thing though. It could have been something on my end though because the desktop I’m using doesn’t always get along with dropbox.


      • Sacha Black says:

        Or it could have been my dropbox. I use it only for storage too tbf. I like having my books not on my laptop for exactly the same reason – Although I am defaulting to the iCloud more now.


      • For some reason, I can’t get myself to trust the iCloud. Not even sure it’s still on my laptop.


  3. Tina Frisco says:

    So nice to see Sacha’s book making the rounds for a ‘killer’ launch! You’re rockin’ Sacha 🙂


  4. jenanita01 says:

    Sacha’s brilliant new book is the new bible for mystery thriller writers!


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