Everybody loves a hero. If you’ve hung around here long enough, you’ll have heard me say that a dozen times already. But heroes – no matter how much we love them – are often predictable. Something that’s the result of a soft heart and too much halo polishing. If you want to get your hero into ship shape, this book is wicked… *cough*. Moving on. After years of villain worship and intensive study and deconstruction of all the villains I can find, I’m sad to say it’s rare for me to find a villain that gives me a case of the tinglies, but Villainelle – the villainous minx – did just that. If you want to create killer villains then have a look at these tactics the writers of Killing Eve employed. [Read more…] about Create Killer Villains: Lessons From Villainelle
At festive periods, there’s usually a slew of charitable adverts and campaigns to encourage our altruistic sides, (something I believe we should do more of).
But today, for Valentines, I’m proposing a rather more alternative form of giving. To appease my villainous rants, I need y’all to be a doll and give your damn villain a heart.
Don’t screw up your latest villainous scribbles just yet. Indulge me, and I’ll explain why your villain needs a heart.
Oh, and should you want more detail, this is a topic I cover in my book 13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft A Superbad Villain. [Read more…] about Happy VILLaintines – Why your villain needs a heart #amwriting #ValentinesDay
How do you become the best writer you can?
Is a question I constantly ask myself in my quest to write full-time.
One of the most obvious answers I’ve discovered is by continuing to learn lessons and develop your craft.
But lessons only take you so far, right?
Because you have to put them into practice. [Read more…] about Putting Theory into Practice – 13 Steps To Evil Workbook Launch
It’s been a while since I saw a film that was so good I practically combusted over it. But I just saw the Dark Tower, and oh my sweet, sweet deliciously-evil villain heaven was it bloody amazing.
Now before anyone whips out their red pen and corrects this post:
ONE – This post will contain some spoilers, if you haven’t watched the film and intend to, please don’t read on.
TWO – I have not read The Gunslinger by Stephen King, that’s the book the film is based on. Therefore all comments are in relation to the movie the Dark Tower only.
I lied, there’s a third caveat, this is all my opinion. If you don’t like the Dark Tower movie, I can’t do anything about your bad taste in films. :p
Why am I talking about Dark Tower? Because it had a villain that was off the chart. And you know how I swoon over a good villain. But Walter (the villain) was also a total cliché, and yet, despite that, he worked. Like really, REALLY well. So well, that I was salivating literary story joy all over the screen.
Which means the film provides a cracking lesson on how to make a clichéd villain work: [Read more…] about Villain Clichés That Work – Four Lessons From The Dark Tower Movie #MondayBlogs
It’s been quite a launch week, I’ve been astounded and humbled by the support and love shown by so many of you, so thank you, truly.
In a couple of weeks, (around mid-July) I will return to blogging, full force sarcasm and odd metaphors to fill you in on all the lessons, fuck ups and ‘how to’s’ I’ve learned from publishing 13 Steps. I promise you it will be interesting!
But for now, launch week is nearly over. If you haven’t got you copy of 13 Steps To Evil, now is the time. Because tomorrow the sale ends and the price goes up to 2.99. Get your copy here by clicking your reading device logo or regular bookstore.
Why should you get 13 Steps To Evil? [Read more…] about Last Chance To Get 13 Steps To Evil For £1.99
I know, I know. I can hear the groans of ‘about freaking time, Sacha. What took you so long? It’s not like you’ve been writing for 7 years straight, Sacha, I mean Geeeez.’
All I can do is raise my weary eyebrow, wipe the sweat off my brow and down my glass of champagne.
FINALLY, today is the day I take the first steps toward fulfilling the dream little nine-year-old me had. Because right now, at this very moment, I get to put on that shiny gold badge I’ve been lusting after for an eon.
Today I become an author.
Fuck yeah, I do, people, Fuck YEAAAAAH I DOOOOOO!
The time for talking is over. 13 Steps To Evil – How To Craft Superbad Villains, is here.