Perfecting your craft

Struggling to master the art of writing? Reedsy shares top tips from industry giants on perfecting your craft. Read to find actionable advice on plot, character, storytelling and more!

Narrative Structure: Definition, Examples, and Writing Tips

Dec 18, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

What's the difference between story structure and narrative structure? And how do you choose the right narrative structure for you novel? Read more →

What is the Proust Questionnaire? 22 Questions to Write Better Characters

Dec 08, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Inspired by Marcel Proust, check out the questionnaire that will help your characters remember things past. Read more →

What is Pathos? Definition and Examples in Literature

Sep 29, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Pathos is a literary device that uses language to evoke an emotional response, typically to connect readers with the characters in a story. Read more →

How to Start a Children’s Book: Coming Up with Your Big Idea

Aug 18, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

If you've ever dreamed of writing a children's book but aren't sure where to start, check out this post to learn more about how you can create the perfect story for kids. Read more →

How to Become a Travel Writer in 5 Steps: A Guide for Travel Bugs

Jul 03, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

If you want to get paid to share your adventures, learn how to become a travel writer with these five tips. Read more →

How to Write a Biography: A 7-Step Guide [+Template]

Jun 30, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Portraying someone’s life on paper in a comprehensive and engaging way requires solid preparation. Here are 7 steps you can follow. Read more →

When to Use Semicolons: 4 Rules and Examples

May 26, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Confused about when to use a semicolon and how it's different from other punctuations? Here's a breakdown, with plenty of examples. Read more →

Alright vs All Right: What is the Difference? [+ Examples]

Apr 17, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Wondering what the difference is between alright and all right? Or which spelling is correct? This posts breaks it down using plenty of examples. Read more →

How to Set Effective Writing Goals (That Will Help You Grow)

Apr 04, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

How can you set writing goals that are realistic, useful, and lead you “confidently in the direction of your dreams”? This post can help you set writing resolutions tailored to your individual needs. Read more →

How to Write a Prologue Readers Won't Skip (with Examples)

Mar 27, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a great prologue which will add to your story — and not just delay its beginning. Read more →

Ensure vs Insure: How to Make Sure You Get It Right

Mar 16, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Explaining the difference between ensure, insure, and assure with sample sentences and a memory trick to keep them apart. Read more →

What is an Oxford Comma and When Should You Use it? [+Examples]

Mar 10, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Everything you need to know about the Oxford comma, from the grammar, to the controversy, to the consequences of mistaken punctuation. With examples. Read more →

What Is Polysyndeton? Repeating "And" for Emphasis

Mar 07, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Your proofreading software might suggest that it’s a sign of poor writing, but polysyndeton can be found in the Bible, Shakespeare’s plays, and more contemporary books and speeches than most of us realize. Read more →

Title Capitalization Rules: Learn Which Words To Capitalize

Mar 03, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Whether you're using a style guide like AP, APA, MLA, or Chicago, or just want to make sure you're capitalizing your titles properly, this post explains all the rules so you know which words to capitalize or not. Read more →

Lay vs. Lie: A Definitive Explanation

Feb 17, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

To lay or to lie? Learn when to use each verb, and how to distinguish between them. Read more →

Grammarly Review: A Writer's Best Friend?

Feb 15, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Can Grammarly really help authors? Find out in this in-depth review of the popular proofreading tool. Read more →

Campfire Write Review: Everything You Need to Know

Feb 14, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

For writers doing a lot of worldbuilding and outlining, especially in fantasy or sci-fi, Campfire Write is a handy, if not potentially expensive, writing software. Read more →

Hyphen vs Dash: How to Pick the Right One

Feb 10, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Not sure when to use a hyphen or a dash? Check out this post to learn some quick rules! Read more →

What is Blackout Poetry? The Ultimate Guide to Erasure Verse

Jan 30, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Wondering what blackout poetry is? Learn its history and how to make your own erasure poem in this post. Read more →

The 7 Best Proofreading Software to Level Up Your Writing

Jan 13, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Let technology help you correct spelling and grammar mistakes in your writing. Here are the 7 best proofreading tools available right now. Read more →

Who vs. Whom: How to Tell Which Word to Use

Jan 11, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Ward off the grammar snobs in your life by finally figuring out the difference between "who" and "whom." Read more →

Plottr Review: Features, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Jan 04, 2023 – Perfecting your Craft

Find out if Plottr is the writing app for you as we break down its features in this review from the team at Reedsy. Read more →

Book Writing Templates: A Writer’s Secret Weapon [Download]

Dec 09, 2022 – Perfecting your Craft

Download 10 free templates to help you quickly shape your book idea into a unique story. Read more →

10 Personal Narrative Examples to Inspire Your Writing

Oct 31, 2022 – Perfecting your Craft

Need inspiration for your next personal narrative essay? Take a look at these ten fantastic examples from recent years. Read more →

How to Write a Self-Help Book (That Actually Helps People)

Apr 18, 2022 – Perfecting your Craft

You’ve overcome an obstacle or problem and learned some important life lessons — now you want to write a self-help book and share your experience and wisdom with other people. Read more →

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