8 Steps to Side Characters

How to Craft Supporting Roles with Intention, Purpose, and Power

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Publisher Description

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.

Professional & Technical
29 July
Atlas Black Publishing

Customer Reviews

Sarah_LouiseUK ,

An excellent read and an invaluable resource

Having read “Anatomy of Prose” it wasn’t a surprise to me that I loved Sacha Black’s latest book “8 Steps to Side Characters.”

Sacha has a way of making books on writing craft both hilariously entertaining, whilst still imparting insight and a vast amount of valuable information.

What I particularly like about “8 Steps to Side Characters” and “The Anatomy of Prose” is that the chapters are broken down into small, easy to follow chunks with a summary at the end of each section, making it easy to recap and ideal to dip in and out of.

I did receive an ARC (ebook) copy, but as soon as I was able, I ordered the (signed) paperback too (from Sacha Black’s website), as I consider this book an essential addition to my writers toolkit.

IronicTaffy ,

Something for everyone to learn

I’m so used to listening to Sacha’s podcast that I read this book in her voice. She writes just how she speaks, which is part of what makes her nonfiction so unique.

While her writing style is amazing, it's the contents where this book really shines. Whenever I read Sacha’s books or listen to her podcast I learn something new, and that’s with too many years of studying writing to count.

Side characters are often neglected, but as Sacha demonstrates, they serve an important purpose in all books. Without them, there’s no conflict and our protagonists feel flat.

The examples are spread across genres, meaning there’ll be something you’re familiar with. There are also spoiler warnings at the start of each chapter, so if it’s something on your to be read/watched list, you can skip the spoilery bits. Personally I like those parts as it helps me decide if I want to spend my time watching/reading something, but I know that’s not for everyone.

The advice in the book is in-depth without feeling over-explained or condescending. The activities also help you to think long and hard about why you’re really writing your side characters.

I particularly liked the chapter on the different types of character death. Too often this is overlooked by writers instead of being a significant part of the story - as any character death should be, whether it's a literal or metaphorical death.

Whether you’re a beginner writer or an advanced novelist, there’s something in this book you can learn from. And likely some recommendations for you to discover along the way.

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