Advent Calendar Prize: 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft a Superbad Villain + Workbook (Sacha Black)

Today’s Giveaway

Ready to upgrade your knowledge and create better, badder villains?

The winner of this prize will receive an ebook duo, 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains and its companion workbook by author Sacha Black. Here’s a peek at the contents of these writing gems:

13 Steps to Evil

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.

13 Steps to Evil Workbook

Sacha Black’s 13 Steps To Evil workbook puts those lessons to use by building on each chapter in 13 Steps To Evil and guiding you through the development of your indisputable bad guy. It’s time to get to the core of your villain and supersize that evil.

Inside the workbook you’ll find hundreds of thought provoking questions, exercises and creativity boosting prompts. This resource will help you:

  • Choose the perfect villain traits
  • Create sinister character histories and motives
  • Avoid pesky clichés
  • Design conflict and tension that grips your reader
  • Build your market knowledge so you create a villain that sells

Craft your characters through easy to digest exercises that empower you to conquer your villain for life.

Ready to win this powerful duo? Enter the draw below, and good luck!

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83 Responses to Advent Calendar Prize: 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft a Superbad Villain + Workbook (Sacha Black)

  1. Aimee says:

    Looks great!

  2. Misha K says:

    This sounds like an amazing prize pack!
    It’s been fun learning about resources I wasn’t aware of, thank you so much for doing this advent calendar! 🙂

  3. Mary Holm says:

    Sometimes it’s good to be bad. Terrific prize. Thank you.

  4. Jenna says:

    I’m still working on fleshing out my antagonist. This book would be such an amazing tool!

  5. Jeigh Meredith says:

    I would love the book and the workbook together!

  6. Wow! Wait… there’s even a WORKBOOK?! I own an ecopy of 13 Steps to Evil by Sacha Black and it’s jam-packed with tips and solutions. I didn’t know there was a workbook to go with it! My, my, so useful!

    It would help me so much as I nearly suck at writing villains. My kind heart can’t really process someone’s inner evil. No joke.

    • Sacha Black says:

      ahhhh it does happen. If you’re innately kind its really hard to get in the mindset of a villain. I’m so happy to hear you have a copy. Thank you so much for purchasing it 🙂 I hope you’re finding it useful.

  7. Nicole G says:

    “Create sinister character histories and motives” Sold, I’ve just added the workbook to my wishlist.

  8. Samantha Goldben says:

    I’d love to be able to perfect my villains!

  9. BlaineDArden says:

    Oh, that sounds interesting *wrings hands*
    Who doesn’t love a great villain 😉

  10. I’m only entering for prizes that really interest me and this one does.

  11. Amy says:

    I tell my students all the time that the villain makes (or breaks) a story.

  12. Heather O'Connor says:

    Nothing better than a good bad guy!

  13. Tom Bauer says:

    this prize sounds awesome! the heart of most stories is a great villain!

  14. Natalie Lockett says:

    Another great prize!

  15. Colleen Storiz says:

    Wow, this would be a great start as I have a tendency to make my villains too nice. It’s challenging for me to write what I would consider good villains that are the right amount of evil.

  16. Amy P says:

    I love villains!

  17. Paul Go says:

    Good villains are great

  18. Lara Herrera says:

    This looks like a great book. I don’t usually write villains because I don’t know where to start!

  19. Josée Campaigne says:

    Great prize. I love a well developed villain

  20. Josee Campaigne says:

    I could use this book. Villains you love to hate are hard to do

  21. Definitely something I need to work on!

  22. Betty Vanderwielen says:

    Sounds like a useful tool.

  23. This is a great book to win!

  24. K.A.Allen says:

    This workbook would be a godsend!

  25. Ashley Wong says:

    I hope I win!

  26. Julie Hiner says:

    My story is about a serial killer. His motives are deep rooted in fantasy and the murder scenes are seeping with ritual and organization. I would love this prize !!!

  27. Siv says:

    Oooh! Maybe this could help me craft a villain for MC 🙂

  28. KL says:

    I would love to win How to Craft Superbad Villains and the workbook. Thank you for the opportunity.

  29. Jane says:

    This would be such a great resource!

  30. Sounds great! I would love to read this!

  31. Jessica Swafford says:

    Definitely need to work on my villain

  32. Elise says:

    Nice! Looks like a great resource.

  33. Tamara Meyers says:

    This would really help my story. I have a hard time creating villains. Mine are usually over the top rotten or too good to be bad.

  34. Ooh, I could really, really use this!

  35. Tim Seabrook says:

    Already own a copy of this book set and they are great for defining a badass villain, just hope I can figure out a way not have him/her killed off.

  36. Leslie P says:

    Great giveaway!

  37. Ellen Dye says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter 🙂

  38. Donna Robertson says:

    I really need this. Hard for me to embrace evil.

  39. Mary says:

    Seems like a cool prize

  40. Marsha Posz says:

    I could REALLLY use this in my current WIP! Thanks for the great prize opportunity!

  41. Kel o'connor says:

    Villains make or break a story

  42. myka says:

    thanks for the opportunity – can’t wait

  43. Sarah Mohler says:

    Another great deal!

  44. I soooo need something like this! I don’t have a super dark villian and need to spruce it up.

  45. Sandy says:

    My favorite villains are the ones who have a morally acceptable reason to behave badly. There is pure evil, but the worst evil has shades of grey.
    This workbook would definitely help me take my villains up a notch!

  46. Jemi Fraser says:

    Thanks for the chance! I always need help with my villains!

  47. Miriam Meza says:


  48. Donna Maloy says:

    OOOH. I need this. I love a great villain!

  49. I could definitely use this ebook!

  50. Katherine Holom says:

    Great book title. Thanks for being involved in this giveaway!

  51. DJ Blackford says:

    The villain is at least as important as the “hero”. Gimme.

  52. Charli says:

    I would really love this!

  53. febe says:

    cool prize!

  54. Penny H says:

    It would be interesting to try designing the villain first and then throw other characters in and at them.

    • Sacha Black says:

      Hell yeah! and it’s an excellent way to write a novel too. Villains are your primary source of conflict… and that’s what makes your novel move forward 🙂

  55. Karen McIntosh says:

    A really useful resource

  56. Alyson Hilbourne says:

    Would love to win this.

  57. Tanja says:

    I love a great villain!

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