10 Steps To Hero By Sacha Black [Book Review]

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I bought it on my Kindle.

Summary:

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.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.comI like the book cover a lot. It’s simple and the title really pops against the gray picture. It also matches the book before this one, 13 Steps To Evil.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.comI enjoy Sacha Black’s writing and I loved her book about villains. I had to give the hero one a try.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

This book is a simple read with a lot of information. The author reiterates some things from her villain book, uses examples from other popular novels such as The Hunger Games, and completes all the information with nicely done charts and diagrams here and there. I think the charts were my favorite part because I’m a visual learner.

The end of each step, or chapter if you will, was wrapped up neatly with a summary of what that step explained. I especially loved that because, since I have the book on my Kindle, it will make it easier for me to go back to look at certain information again.

Overall | RachelPoli.com10 Steps To Hero was a great read and very helpful. I don’t normally read too many writing craft books, but this is a nice quick read to learn more about main characters and protagonists and get to know your characters on a deeper level.

10 Steps To Hero by Sacha Black gets…
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Successful Self-Publishing By Joanna Penn [Book Review]

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I bought it through Amazon.

Summary:

Do you want to successfully self-publish?

There are thousands of new books being published every day, but many self-published books quickly sink to the bottom of the pile.

Many authors are frustrated because there are so many options for self-publishing, and they don’t know which one to choose or what will be best for their book.

Others spend thousands of dollars to publish and end up broken-hearted with the result.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

I’ve spent the last seven years self-publishing bestselling fiction and non-fiction books and in 2011, I left my day job to become a full-time author entrepreneur. I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way, but through the process of self-publishing 17 books, I’ve learned the most effective way to publish and market your books. In this book, I’ll share everything with you.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

I like the cover. I think it’s simple and conveys the message of the book pretty well. I don’t know about you, but when I open a book, amazing things come out.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

If you’ve been following my journey for a while, I’m sure you know I’m preparing myself for self-publishing. Joanna Penn is highly recommended by a lot of people all over the internet. I thought I’d give her books a try.

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When it comes to business and writing, especially self-publishing and indie publishing, there’s a lot to learn. The pressure is on and researching this can be overwhelming. This book breaks all that down for you.

It lays everything out from before publishing, during publishing, after publishing, and more. There’s a lot of helpful links to editors and book cover designers. It defines a lot of business-type vocabulary as well as touch upon the financial side of publishing – before and after.

The end of the book also dabbles in marketing your book as well, though there’s a separate book written by Penn all about marketing.

This is a great, quick read at just under 100 pages and it’s jam-packed with information. This is written in her point of view and this is all information she learned using trial and error with her own books, but it’s great to get ideas when jumping on the publishing wagon yourself.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

I’m happy I picked this book up. I’ll most likely read it a couple more times to let it all sink in. I’ll definitely reference to it when I finally decide to hit that publish button. If you’re thinking of self-publishing, this is a good place to start.

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn gets…
Book Review Rating System | 5 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com5 out of 5 cups

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A List Of Mystery Resources [Mystery Month]

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I’ve gone through many books and websites researching the craft of mystery writing and also just research for mysteries and crime in general. Here are some of my favorites.

A list of mystery resource books | Mystery writing | Creative writing | writing craft | RachelPoli.com

Books

1. Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
2. The Writer’s Guide to Weapons by Benjamin Sobieck
3. Now Write! Mysteries by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson
4. Police Procedure & Investigation by Lee Lofland
5. Book of Poisons by Serita Stevens and Anne Bannon
6. Forensics by D.P. Lyle

Websites

1. Writing World – They have a great mystery section.
2. Writer’s Digest – A well known site that has articles about writing mysteries and thrillers.
3. Mystery Cozy – Not really updated anymore, but a great place to find other resources.

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13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black [Book Review]

13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black | Book Review at RachelPoli.com

Title: 13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains
Author: Sacha Black
Published: 
May 2017 by Atlas Black Publishing
Genre: Nonfiction, writing craft
How I got the book: I bought a digital copy onto my Kindle

Summary:

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.

My Review:

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I’ve followed Sacha Black on her blog for a long time now. I’ve watched her create this book and I feel like I’ve learned a lot just by reading her posts. Now she’s put all her research, time, and effort, into an ebook.

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(There’s no plot, but I don’t have another picture, so I’m going with it.)

In this craft book, the author discusses a range of “bad guys” from the villains to the antagonists (yes, they are different) to anti-heroes. Just like the summary suggests, everything you would want to know about creating villains is in this book.

This includes basic definitions of villains and villainy as well as motivation, character traits, and getting into the mind of the villain and the psychology behind it all.

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This book is broken up into 14 steps, plus an introduction. Each step seemed to go on in the blink of an eye because I just kept reading and reading.

When I say that, I mean it was highly entertaining. I often found myself thinking I was reading a textbook, but it wasn’t the typical textbook you’d get from college. The author’s way of words was informative but entertaining. It was fun to read about the villains and why they do what they do.

It was educational and I found myself wondering if I should be taking notes, but at the end of each step, there was a quick summary of that section plus questions to think about when you create your villain. It made it so that I could sit back and absorb the information knowing that I can go back for reference and not be flipping through the pages trying to find something particular.

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This is a wonderful writing craft book that you don’t want to miss. It’s packed with helpful information on villains and it’s entertaining enough that you’ll learn without realizing it. There is also a workbook that goes along with it that I have yet to get, but will definitely be buying soon.

13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains by Sacha Black gets…
5-Star Rating | Book Review5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“What separates a villain from a hero are the decisions and choices he makes.” –Sacha Black, 13 Steps To Evil: How To Craft Superbad Villains

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Bookshelf (Part Two)

 

This month, in the spirit of NaNoWriMo, I decided to dedicate part two of the Bookshelf series to craft books on writing.

I have a lot more books about writing than I thought I did. The books are listed in a random order.

Bookshelf Part Two

1. The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
2. The Amazing Story Generator by Jason Sacher
3. Writer’s Market Deluxe Edition by Robert Lee Brewer (edition updates each year)
4. The Everything Baby Names Book by June Rifkin
5. The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts by Martha Alderson
6. The Plot Whisperer Workbook by Martha Alderson
7. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers by Jack Canfield
8. 20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias
9. Take Ten for Writers by Bonnie Neubaur
10. Writer’s Guide to Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein
11. 642 Things to Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto
12. The Write Brain Workbook by Bonnie Neubaur
13. Blogging for Writers by Robin Houghton
14. How to Blog a Book by Nina Amir
15. Now Write! Mysteries by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson
16. Now Write! Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror by Laurie Lamson
17. Writing Places by Paula Mathieu, George Grattan, Tim Lindgren, and Staci Shultz
18. Reading and Writing about Literature by Janet E. Gardner
19. Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
20. No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
21. The Art and Craft of Fiction by Michael Kardos
22. Police Procedure and Investigation by Lee Lofland
23. Forensics by D.P. Lyle
24. Book of Poisons by Serita Stevens and Anne Bannon

If there are any books you think I should add to this list, please let me know in the comments!

If you have an idea for a list I should make, feel free to Contact Me or let me know in the comments!

You can see my first list here: Disney Retellings Bookshelf.