This book, 8 Steps to Side Characters by Sacha Black is launching TODAY and it is a writing game changer.
I can liken the experience of reading this book to Sacha Black shining a monster sized torch on all the side characters I have ever created, arching her perfectly sculptured eyebrows at me, clicking her Laboutin heels under the table and whispering, ‘WTF is going on here with this lot – Mitchell?’
She then grabs my side characters by the scruff of their necks, hauls them out into the light, teaches them (and me) about their purpose in a story, gives them some much needed conflict, sharpens their blurry edges and tells me to stop letting them loiter in the dark corners of my stories.
Here’s that all important blurb?
Do your characters fail to bring your story to life? Are they flat, boring or have no depth? Is your story lacking a little cohesion or sparkle?
In 8 Steps to Side Characters, you’ll discover:
- A step-by-step guide for creating side characters that bring your story alive
- The main types of side characters and what you should do with them
- The key to crafting character depth that hooks readers
- How to harness your character’s voice to deepen your reader’s experience
- Tips and tricks for using details to enhance characterization
- Methods for killing characters that will help deepen plot, theme and story
- Dozens of ideas for creating conflict with your side characters
- Tactics for differentiating characters and making them feel real to your reader
- Character archetypes and functions
- The most common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid
8 Steps to Side Characters is a comprehensive writing guide that will help you create the side characters your story needs. This book is packed with tips and tricks for polishing characters for writers at any level.
If you want to power up your characters, eliminate dull and lifeless archetypes, and perfect your characterization, this is the book for you. By the end of this book, you’ll know how to strengthen your characters to give your story, prose and plot the extra something special it needs to capture a readers and fans for life.
If you like dark humor, learning through examples and want to create better side characters, then you’ll love Sacha Black’s guide to crafting supporting roles with intention, purpose, and power. Read 8 Steps to Side Characters today and start creating kick-ass stories.
Here’s my review:
I am not the same writer who first read this book a few months ago.
This book opens your eyes to the fascinating world of side characters. As Sacha explains, side characters are those ‘conflict generators,’ and ‘sub plot fulfillers’ of a story. They are often busy ‘bringing information’, ‘hindering the protagonist’s growth’ and ‘creating conflict’ and so much more. Once Sacha has pointed out all the different roles side characters play in a story and the reasons why they should be actively managed by the writer you do find yourself casting your eyes over your own motley crew of unmanaged side characters.
What I loved about this book was that it was crammed full of useful hints and tips and it also digs deeper into those juicy topics such as theme, anchoring and conflict.
It was hard to put down as Sacha Black’s style of writing is addictive. You want to keep reading and learning. I found myself rapt in what Sacha Black had to say about side characters. She really has opened my eyes.
I have now read this book twice. The first time I read it in awe of Sacha Black’s writing brain and the second time I read it before editing my draft novel. I don’t think my side characters knew what was coming ha ha!
A writing craft book which will change you as a writer. This comprehensive guide should definitely be in your writer toolkit.
To get your hands on this book please click here.
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 Cambridgeshire, 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.
You can get Sacha’s free villains mini course by visiting her website: http://www.sachablack.co.uk
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Before I go I am also a HUGE fan of Sacha’s podcasts. She’s a fantastic podcaster and her podcasts are packed full of useful stuff about writing. Click here for more info.