Most people think their hero is the most important character in their book. I argue it’s the villain. After all, the villain is – for the most part – the source of conflict in your story. And without conflict you don’t have a story. Conflict is your hero’s catalyst for change, which means it’s quite literally the holy grail of story telling.
So your villain is important. But surely your heroes are too?
Yes. Yes, they are.
Your hero is the lens through which your reader experiences your story. Without your hero there is no narrator, no filter for which the story can be told. It would be like going to the movies and wearing headphones and a blindfold.
That’s why I wrote 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist.
And guess what?
It’s out today.
Want to know more? Read on…
After writing 13 Steps To Evil, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to write another non-fiction book. I wrote that book out of a passionate rant. An itch in my own personal villainous-shaped heart that needing scratching. I loved villains, and they were neglected by the plague of hero worshippers. But as time wore on, I realised two things:
- My passion for writing craft stretched further than just one character. My passion was becoming parasitic. I was obsessed with every part of the craft. I wanted to study and understand as much as I could. And if I was going to study obsessively, then why not share what I learn too? Thus, heroes was born. (I mean, as much as my ego wants to be a villain, I’m probably an anti-hero at best and even the greatest anti-heroes have to balance good and evil). As were a raft of other non-fiction book ideas… *stay tuned*
- I realised that despite my love for villains, heroes are just as vital to your novels as the villain.
What will you learn in 10 Step To Hero?
- The most common mistakes writers make when designing their protagonist
- What the web of story connectivity is and how to implement it in your own novels
- What a hero is and isn’t and the foundations, traits, soul scars and aspects of personality you need to create depth
- The myth behind archetypes, what they really are and how you can use them
- Character arcs
- How to craft killer conflict
- Cliches and tropes
- And my personal fave in Step 10 – The Hero Lens, what it is and how to maximise the use of it
And of course, much, much more.
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
+ 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.
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