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A collection of useful tools for Fiction writing
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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:57 PM

Good advice. I liked the last bit on revision. Sometimes it's just difficult.

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Scribophile

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The online writing group and writing workshop where writers get quality critiques and feedback on their writing.
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The Public Domain

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ABSOLUTELY FREE! MUSIC, TEXT, AND ART!! COPY ALL YOU WANT!! If you saw an advertisement like this, you might wonder, “What’s the catch?” When it comes to the public domain, there is no catch. If ...
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10 Killer Chapter Breaks - Helping Writers Become Authors

10 Killer Chapter Breaks - Helping Writers Become Authors | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Chapter breaks are do-or-die territory for novelists.
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Anne R. Allen's Blog: 10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do: A Check-List for Self-Editing

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How to Put Chapters In a Novel | eHow

How to Put Chapters In a Novel | eHow | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
When writing a book, one of the problems most often plaguing new authors is knowing where to put chapters. It’s easier than you might think. Take a look.
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The Secrets to Chapters in Your Novel

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by C. Patrick Schulze To listen to a podcast of this article, click HERE. With everything in creative writing there are rules to follow and the construction of a chapter is no different. With that ...
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The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | WritersDigest.com

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | WritersDigest.com | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Start your revision by addressing these, and you'll immediately change your story for the better.
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It's Okay to be a Show-Off: The Art of Show vs. Tell

It's Okay to be a Show-Off: The Art of Show vs. Tell | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  — Anton Chekhov   One of my most common edits is pointing out to an author where they have an issue of show vs. ...
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Productivity: Train Yourself to Refocus When Your Mind Wanders

Productivity: Train Yourself to Refocus When Your Mind Wanders | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Distraction doesn't kill your productivity; failing to refocus after becoming distracted kills your productivity. Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, distraction happens. There's even a bo...
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A good reminder for consistency.

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How To Sell 8 Million Books | Bestseller Labs

How To Sell 8 Million Books | Bestseller Labs | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
The method that led author Ray Bradbury from his first $15 short story to selling millions of books.
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Bradbury is one of my favorite author's of all time. This encouraging message and Jonathan Gunson's 2 tips at the end of the article remind us to keep at it. Write from your instincts, Persist.

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The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Hope for Fiction!!!

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9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Dialogue has been my own writing nemesis and I continue to find it a challenge, although each day of writing seems to improve it slightly!
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This is a comprehensive list and a wonderful reference. I'm fairly new to dialogue writing and have made most of these mistakes. I am starting to get the hang of it but it's good to have a list as a reminder. TY!

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Harnessing the Storm in Your Brain through Mind Mapping | Live Write Thrive

Harnessing the Storm in Your Brain through Mind Mapping | Live Write Thrive | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers
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"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release

"Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers " - UC Santa Barbara News Release | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Mindfulness Improves Reading Ability, Working Memory, and Task-Focus, say UC Santa Barbara Researchers
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10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

10 Book Writing Tips From Published Book Authors and Freelancers : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
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25 Things To Know About Writing The First Chapter Of Your Novel

25 Things To Know About Writing The First Chapter Of Your Novel | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
You'll notice a pattern in this list, and that pattern is: the first chapter serves as an emblem of the whole. It's got to have a bit of everything. It needs to be representative of the story you'r...
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How to Write a Chapter of a Book - What Authors Need to Know : Quips and Tips for Successful Writers

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Storytelling Rules: How To Write A Chapter...

Storytelling Rules: How To Write A Chapter... | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
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Collecting Rules of Thumb and Conventions for what constitutes a chapter in Fiction and Novel writing

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Basic Writing Principle #2: Your Story Must Have Dialogue

Basic Writing Principle #2: Your Story Must Have Dialogue | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
I know this seems like a ridiculous problem to even have to mention, but the truth is that I have edited books with no dialogue. This is a serious problem. Of course, if you're writing a science te...
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Passive Voice

Passive Voice | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
This handout will help you understand what passive voice is, why many instructors frown upon it, and how you can revise to achieve greater clarity.
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This is the help I needed! 

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3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination

3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a successful writer?  As I have reflected on my own journey, I am going to share with you 3 keys to writing success.   I would love to hear your keys to success as well in t...
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Of the 3, the first resonates with me most, Consistency. It is what hangs me up the most on a daily basis.

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You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself

You’re a Writer! Make it Easy on Yourself | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
You love writing, the process of developing a story idea, fleshing out the characters, “drawing” the setting with your words and crafting the best story that was ever written. Dreams of top awards dance in your head – hold on right there.
Ginnie Duran's insight:

This is a great reminder to start at the beginning and practice. I especially responded to the section on practicing grammar. I know I'm weak in a few places. 

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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain

6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain | Basic Writing Blocks | Scoop.it
Who knew way back in 1966 that S. Bar-David (aka Shimon Wincelberg), the unsung Star Trek TV writer who came up with the Vulcan Mind Meld, was a visionary? Because here’s the thing: it’s not fictio...
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Wow! Pondering this. 

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