Author Archives: stephanieheijkoopedition

HOW TO MAGICALLY OUTLINE YOUR NOVEL

    I found this magic method awhile back while surfing the net. It belongs to (or at least partly to) Tara Mayer, a published author with a fabulous YouTube channel. I thought I’d create a fun video and explain her method as best as I can.The following method is used by Hollywood screenplay directors, […]
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Coming up with story ideas.

7 ways to come up with story ideas: Your local, country, or world newspaper Song lyrics Reinvent a scene from a book Know your history and set your romance, thriller, etc, with a post era theme Eavesdrop on a conversation Learn how to ask yourself, what if? Visit Reddit at r/showerthoughts As all writers know, […]
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WAYS TO DESCRIBE A HOUSE

High arched windows Velvet drapes that frame the window Tall windows allowing light to flood the room Crumbling rock wall on the outside A set of sagging wooden steps A low-rent neighbourhood with dirty streets Stands on a slight rise spindly metal framed bunk beds and a bookshelf pushed against the wall A poster wet […]
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100 + WAYS TO SAY LOOK 👀

admire attend beam behold Blink case cast catch check consider contemplate coo disregard evil eye eye eyeball Dip feast Fixate flash flick focus gander gape gawk gaze glance glower goggle Ignore inspect keep watch leer mark miss note notice observe ogle overlook peek peep peer perve read reflect regard review scan scope scout see spy […]
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BE THE BOSS OF DIALOG

Dialog can do many things for your story, including: Show readers who your character is Show readers who Your character is through another, ie, gossip Moves your story forward Help with backstory Make sure dialog moves the story along Don’t write an entire paragraph of dialog about how Bane kicks batman’s ass any day of […]
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IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHARACTER

Besides the basics, name, age, occupation, etc, these following questions help you understand your character. When you’re in the groove, they’re easy to answer. Copy these questions and paste them on your blog, word doc, or wherever you have your character’s bio. I personally use a WordPress blog for all of my character’s traits and […]
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