Are your characters acting a bit . . . boring?

All fiction authors yearn to create compelling characters. Unfortunately, your heroes, heroines, and supporting cast don't always cooperate.

You've read books with wonderful characters you can't stop thinking about and want your readers to react the same way. 

How fantastic would it be if your romance scenes sizzled, fight scenes crackled with tension, and sad parts moved readers to tears?

There's only one small problem. . .

  • When you sit at the keyboard, your mind goes blank. All that pops into your head are trite phrases like "She looked at him" and "He smiled at her."


  • You've been planning your protagonist's big scene all day. The fury! The embarrassment! Then after a half hour of staring at the screen and hitting the backspace button, you write, "Jill was mad and mortified." You'd love to write something more original, but your muse has apparently ditched you and gone on vacation.

 

  • Your editor politely points out that you've used "glared" 44 times and "sigh" 57 times. "And why is everyone always taking a deep breath?" she asks. "Do they have asthma?"



What If Portraying Emotions Didn't Have To Be So Hard?

Imagine having all of this at your disposal. . .

  • A book of emotion-packed cheat sheets to flip through for inspiration so you never get stuck

  • Nonverbal and body language prompts from A-Z to keep your scenes just as dynamic on the page as they were in your mind

  • Ideas for head movements, posture, gestures, touch, facial expressions, eye cues, internal sensations, and voice cues—no more repeating the same stale details

Conquer Trite Phrases With Your New Writing Companion

The smart and savvy way to make your scenes more engaging

Let me introduce you to the Energize Your Writing Toolkit: Cheat Sheets for Character Emotions E-book and Mini Course. I created this system to help me with my own books and later discovered that my editing clients were having the same struggles I was.

Jump-start your writing with a muse you can always count on.

What Writers Are Saying. . .

Learn how other authors are invigorating their characters' emotions and behavior with the Energize Your Writing Toolkit.

  • "I appreciate the organized emotion lists. These definitely make writing faster and more engaging. It's easy to get lazy with writing, especially when an idea is desperately trying to get out with lightning speed. This tool keeps your writing fresh and unique." USA Today Bestselling Author Amy Proebstel

  • "Energizing and giving new depth to my writing...it has given my characters added depth and believability." Steve Wilcox

  • "Having the toolkit at my disposal will give me material to reference back to and keep my imagination flowing. It will be a huge relief to not stop my writing process to ponder over how to describe nonverbal communication. I look forward to adding my own notes to the new binder I've just added to my shelf." M.F. Adele

  • "The completeness of the attachment file is staggering. There's something for every emotion!" J.T. Rath

  • "Now that I am at the editing phase, I will be looking to replace my 'telling' with 'showing', thanks to this course and Cheat Sheets. Thank you for putting together such a useful tool to add to my toolkit!" Bobbie Carlton-Hess

  • "I love it; I have already made notes to help with my editing process. These tips will be printed and go on my wall of list. Stacy's courses have been a godsend to me. I love everything about them and the fact that she is constantly updating and looking for ways to help her students in their quest to master editing." Zerry Greenwood

  • Develop A System

    Put the pages into a binder that you can pull out whenever you need help showing a character's emotions.

  • Get Inspired

    Get inspiration when you’re stuck or scenes need more emotion. Use the phrases word-for-word, refine them, or mix & match.

  • Make It Your Own

    Use the blank lines and print extra copies of the page template to add your own phrases and categories.

This Is What You Get

As soon as you purchase, you will receive immediate access to a downloadable 100-page PDF and the rest of the online classroom.

This toolkit is suitable for all fiction genres and for creative nonfiction that conveys emotion (i.e. memoirs).

  • More than 4,000 nonverbal prompts that span 21 categories and numerous subcategories

  • Overview of nonverbal communication and body language

  • Detailed written instructions and examples on how to use the cheat sheets

  • A walk-through video of the toolkit

  • See It In Action nonverbal snippets from published books

  • Discussion questions that guide you through finding your strengths and weaknesses

  • BONUS access to a 9-minute Nonverbal Blueprint video and video transcript taken from the acclaimed online course, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan To Making Your Novels Publishable

Wake Up Your Characters . . . And Your Creativity

Never craft a character emotion from scratch again.

Unlock the solution to fixing ho-hum scenes and get the ultimate shortcut to fleshing out your characters' behavior and reactions.

Transform Your Characters' Emotions

Write stronger pages faster with this indispensable toolkit that you will pull out again and again.

Energize Your Writing Toolkit Reviews

5 star rating

Gone are the days of brain freeze.

Zerry Greenwood

I no longer need to do an Amazon free page read search for ideas. This simple class, with printable lists, will save hours of research and staring out the wi...

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I no longer need to do an Amazon free page read search for ideas. This simple class, with printable lists, will save hours of research and staring out the window to reactivate my frozen brainpan. It is not the big issues that will stump you in editing; it is the little nuances. Changing that scream into a viperous warning. That hand shake into a test of testosterone-laced wills. That glance into an exchange of unspoken desire. I am a big believer in easier paths to better writing. Stacys' courses are always here to guide me to the shortcuts.

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My New Companion...

Brian Benson

From now on, this is my new writing companion. It's like a mini-Thesaurus on writing cues. I really like the set-up too. Very easy to use...

From now on, this is my new writing companion. It's like a mini-Thesaurus on writing cues. I really like the set-up too. Very easy to use...

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Great tips & an invaluable resource

Maria Karamitsos

Stacy Juba breaks down nonverbal cues/body language in an easy to understand way. It helps you to look at your manuscript in a new way and to add another too...

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Stacy Juba breaks down nonverbal cues/body language in an easy to understand way. It helps you to look at your manuscript in a new way and to add another tool to our Writer Toolkit. Her Cheat Sheets are an invaluable resource that I'll refer to often. Thanks!

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Gets you thinking

Fiona Ayerst

I needed a reminder to consider non-verbal cues far more carefully. The toolkit is going to be handy when I write my next story.

I needed a reminder to consider non-verbal cues far more carefully. The toolkit is going to be handy when I write my next story.

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Excellent Line Edit Mini Course

Ardith Arnelle-Price

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Good Way to Express Character Emotion

Ree Larsen

This course won't take much time to complete, but it will help a lot with using non-verbal communication in your fiction to express character emotion.

This course won't take much time to complete, but it will help a lot with using non-verbal communication in your fiction to express character emotion.

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Brilliant

Penny BroJacquie

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Excellent resources for writers!

Camille Flores

If you've been struggling to make your characters seem more alive, then the character emotions e-book & mini-course is for you!

If you've been struggling to make your characters seem more alive, then the character emotions e-book & mini-course is for you!

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Excellent!

DeeS Knight

Great examples to demonstrate point.

Great examples to demonstrate point.

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Eye-catcher

sharon smith

Easy to follow

Easy to follow

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Brilliant!

Lisa Hawes

This course is simply brilliant! The printables sit conveniently in a binder on my desk to refer to during all phases of the writing process. This course pro...

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This course is simply brilliant! The printables sit conveniently in a binder on my desk to refer to during all phases of the writing process. This course provides the knowledge to save authors hundreds in editing fees. Do we still need editors? Absolutely! However, they won't have as much work to do to help you make your book the best it can be.

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Great for beginning and intermediate writers

Traci Rambo

As someone who is on Wattpad, I see so many writers, even those that are Wattpad Stars or part of the paid story program, use a lot of telling vocabulary ins...

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As someone who is on Wattpad, I see so many writers, even those that are Wattpad Stars or part of the paid story program, use a lot of telling vocabulary instead of showing. I also see too many references to facial expressions and nodding. This mini course is perfect for those that don't have a lot of time to devote to a class and the cheat sheets are sure to come in handy! Will definitely recommend.

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Hi, I'm Stacy.

My goal is to save writers from overwhelm, giving them strategies to simplify the editing process so they can save time and money. I’m the author of ten published books, a freelance developmental editor, and an award-winning journalist. I’d love to be your guide.

As a freelance editor, I’ve helped hundreds of authors with their projects, both those pursuing the traditional publishing route and those who use KDP and other avenues of self-publishing their books. I've assisted beginning writers and established authors with contracts at large publishing houses including Kensington and Harlequin. 

I’ve also taught workshops for organizations including Savvy Authors, Sisters in Crime, and numerous Romance Writer of America chapters, and have been a panelist and guest critiquer at conferences. As someone who has been in the book publishing trenches since my teens, going through many ups and downs while I fine-tuned my craft, I’d be honored to help you on your writing journey. 


FAQS

You've got questions? We've got answers!

  • What will happen after I purchase the toolkit?

    Purchases will be made through the Shortcuts for Writers Thinkific platform. You will be directed to set up a password and will be granted access to the mini classroom where you will find the videos and a downloadable high quality PDF file. It features 8.5 x 11 (standard) size printables, with room for three-hole punching, and includes 100 pages that fit a variety of products such as binders and folders.

  • Can I get a physical copy of The Energize Your Writing Toolkit? Will there be any future editions of the toolkit and will I have to pay for them?

    This purchase is a digital download only, so no physical items will be shipped to you. It's recommended that you print out the document. Colors may appear or print different depending on printer & printer settings. There may be a print edition released at book retailers in the future. I will be asking those enrolled in the mini course for suggestions of improvements to make for future editions. I will also invite them to submit nonverbal samples for future editions. In the event of a new edition, an updated PDF version will be uploaded to the classroom, so you will get digital access to any future updates. If a print version becomes available and you would like a copy, you would need to purchase it separately through the retailer.

  • Is there anyone this toolkit isn't for?

    It would be most helpful for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction (such as memoirs). If you're writing about people and their emotions, then this toolkit would be appropriate to help you energize your scenes. This isn't for you if you're expecting it to be the only tool you need to make your book publishable. Nonverbal communication can help you to flesh out and invigorate your writing, but you can't write a book with nonverbal communication alone. It is one element of writing and editing.

  • How is this any better than nonverbal communication books you can buy?

    First, it's not just an e-book. It's a system to help you deal with the tricky issue of character emotions. Second, many nonverbal communication books get bogged down in the mechanics and the psychology of body language and you'll need to wade through a lot of material and a lot of books. Many body language books targeted specifically to writers are full of flowery or cliched prose. Will you find some cliches in this toolkit? Yes, but I explain the role these phrases play and how to put your own unique spin on them. You won't find flowery, over-the-top prose. As an author and freelance editor, I know what emotions writers struggle with portraying and what type of resources can make their journey easier. I carefully chose each entry based on my decades of experience.

What's Included Inside The Program

As soon as you purchase, you will receive immediate access to a downloadable 100-page PDF and the rest of the online classroom.

  • More than 4,000 nonverbal prompts that span 21 categories and numerous subcategories

  • Overview of nonverbal communication and body language

  • Detailed written instructions and examples on how to use the cheat sheets

  • A walk-through video of the toolkit

  • See It In Action nonverbal snippets from published books

  • Discussion questions that guide you through finding your strengths and weaknesses

  • BONUS access to a 9-minute Nonverbal Blueprint video and video transcript taken from the acclaimed online course, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan To Making Your Novels Publishable

100% Unconditional Money-back Guarantee

You're protected by the Energizer No-Hassle Guarantee.

The Energize Your Writing Toolkit comes with a 100% unconditional money-back guarantee, so your purchase is risk-free. There's a good reason that Stacy's clients and students call her generous, professional, enthusiastic, and insightful. She puts tons of time and effort into creating her courses and stands behind everything she teaches.

Here's a note from Stacy: "I've had a passion for writing and reading my whole life, and I love working with kindred spirits who have stories to tell. I want to help you tell the stories burning inside you and get you closer to your goals. I truly believe the Energize Your Writing Toolkit is an incredibly useful tool, and I guarantee that it is a high-quality resource."

Ask for a refund within 7 days and we'll grant it - no questions asked or hoops to jump through. Just send an email to us and we will refund your money.
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Accolades Beyond My Expectations

Ron Bay, Jr. Young Adult Writer

“Because of @stacyjuba, freelance editor extraordinaire—who, like a personal trainer, pushed me to my limit and pulled out of me the very best I had to offer—Lost Highway has received compliments and accolades beyond my expectations.”

An Invaluable Resource

Joan Carney Paranormal Romance Writer

“As a fledgling writer, your editing services have been an invaluable resource for me. The educational links you provided as well as your helpful and encouraging suggestions are precisely what I needed to help make my little story blossom into its full potential.”

I Feel Lucky To Have Found Stacy

Kimberly G. Giarratano Paranormal Young Adult Writer

“Stacy is fan-flippin-tastic. Her suggestions for improvement are spot on. This was my first major self-publishing endeavor and I feel lucky to have found Stacy.”

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