Author Archives: stephanieheijkoopedition

A TIP FOR SHOW, NOT TELL

If you’re using a lot of adverbs and adjectives, you’re showing, not telling. Although adverbs and adjectives receive a lot more hate than they deserve, whenever possible, cut them out and instead think of ways you could show your character is angry, instead of telling. Example: Telling: The girl kicked the wall angrily and said, […]
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50 + WAYS TO SHOW YOUR CHARACTER IS ANGRY

AGGRAVATION Jaw clenched Arms crossed Tapping Foot Tapping Pen Pacing AGGRESSIVE Curled upper lip Flared Nostrils AGITATED Pacing Restlessness Wavering Voice A sharp tone Sighing heavily Sarcasm Staring upwards – towards the ceiling or sky Jaw jutting forward ANGER Bared teeth Flared Nostrils Stamping the foot Wide-Legged stance Sweating Raised Chin Glaring Closed body posture […]
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7 + PAST AND CURRENT TRAUMAS AND THEIR RESULTS

HAVING BEEN FIRED FROM A JOB Feeling as if one has been betrayed Fear of falling into debt Losing self-respect Obsessing over what might have gone wrong or what one could have done different Working hard or late hours to try to change employers mind before the date of termination Creating/Polishing resume and perusing job […]
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5 STRONG CHARACTER MOTIVES AND OBSTACLES

These following motives and suggestions can give you ideas for sub plots, or branch into a full story plot. From the motive, to the obstacle, you then need to think: how is my character going to handle this obstacle? And what does this obstacle mean for the outcome? MURDERING SOMEONE AND WANTING TO KEEP IT […]
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50 + CLICHES TO CONSIDER AVOIDING

The number one complaint a writer will receive with his or her novel is having too many clichés. They are quite destructive to your novel, are considered lazy, and can give away plots and endings. And a reader doesn’t want to read a book they’ve read 100 times before. If you spot any of the […]
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100 + STREET NAME SUGGESTIONS

Boulevard, Glen, Way, Isle, Mountain, Road, Heights, Street, Drive, Ridge Byway, River, Yard, Service Road, Forest, Glen, Aisle Terrace, Mount, Toll Road, Highway, Alley, Oval, Parade,Village Turnbull Congo DeWitt Gilbert Nevada Doris Sommer Broken Keith Westervelt Bavaria Compton Surf Giles Glencrest Benson Wales Prince Kimberly Lotus Rainbow Cliff Bedford Tumbleweed Church Bishop Fox Hill Wheat […]
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