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!

What is a Foil Character and What Role Do They Play? (With Examples)

Sep 01, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a foil character and what do they add to a story? Here, we go through their main functions with examples from film and literature. Read more →


Rising Action: Where the Story Really Happens (With Examples)

Sep 01, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Ever wondered what goes on behind the core of every story? Here we will give you an in-depth tour of the beating engine at the heart of all your favorite tales: rising action. Read more →


ProWritingAid: Grammarly for Serious Writers? (+ Discount Code)

Jun 11, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

What does ProWritingAid offer and how does it compare to Grammarly? Find out in this comprehensive review and get 20% off a subscription. Read more →


Grammarly Alternatives: 19 Grammar Tools for Any Budget

Jun 07, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to eradicate all writing mistakes but you're not sure about Grammarly? Here are 18 alternative spelling and grammar tools you might want to see! Read more →


Inclusive Language: An Author's Guide (with Examples)

May 10, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn about inclusive language with examples that will help you welcome a wider range of readers into the wonderful world of your writing. Read more →


50+ Book Ideas (and 10 Ways to Find Even More!)

Apr 09, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

The ultimate bank of book ideas ripe and ready for writing. Plus 10 creative ways to come up with even more of your own. Read more →


In Medias Res: Definition, Usage, and Examples

Apr 02, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Discover how writers can use "in medias res" openings to jumpstart their stories. Features examples from books and films. Read more →


What is a Novella? Understanding the Form (with Examples)

Apr 02, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Understand everything from word count to common characteristics with this guide that answers the question on everyone's mind: what is a novella, really? Read more →


How to Become a Better Writer: 20 Hacks and Tips

Feb 11, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to know how to become a better writer? Check out our 20 essential tips and hacks. Read more →


What is a Tragic Hero? (plus 8 Heartbreaking Examples)

Jan 12, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

What makes a tragic hero, tragic? In this post, we'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this literary archetype, including examples from literature. Read more →


How to Write a Graphic Novel in 8 Action-Packed Steps

Jan 12, 2021 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a graphic novel that readers will want to read (and illustrators will want to illustrate). Read more →


How to Write a Mystery: The 7 Secret Steps Revealed

Dec 02, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

There’s nothing more satisfying than a good mystery novel. Gripping, surprising, sometimes cripplingly complicated, and yet they allow you the pleasure of that delicious “a-ha!” — you knew it all along. A clever trail of clues is thrilling to read and even more fun to pen, so why not learn how to write a mystery of your own? Read more →


The Best Book Writing Software For Every Budget in 2021

Nov 30, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

The right piece of book writing software can make all the difference. We break down 15 options so you can get writing today. Read more →


70 Interesting Character Flaws to Use In Your Story

Nov 20, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

To err is human, in the words of Alexander Pope — or, in the slightly goofier words of Pam Beesly, pobody’s nerfect. It stands to reason that if you want your fictional characters to be as well-rounded and relatable as actual people, you’ll need to give them a few character flaws. While it might... Read more →


Character Questionnaire: 50 Juicy Questions To Ask Your Characters

Nov 18, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Author Elizabeth Bowen once said “characters are not created by writers. They pre-exist and have to be found”. That’s solid advice, but there’s one small catch — what do you do if you want to write, but a fully-formed character is yet to fall into your lap? Don’t be disheartened: there are thing... Read more →


Setting of a Story: What Is It? And How to Write It

Oct 16, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

“When you leave a beautiful place, you carry it with you wherever you go,” lifestyle author Alexandra Stoddard once wrote. She was referring to real-life places, but the same is true of fictional ones — the setting of a story can be just as affecting and memorable as a place you’ve actually visit... Read more →


How to Write a Novella: 7 Tips From an Expert

Sep 09, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Get the low down on how to write a novella, with insider tips from a professional editor on length, character development, conflict and more. Read more →


How to Plan a Novel: From Idea to First Draft in 7 Tips

Jul 17, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Have an exciting book idea that you want to work on? Hold your horses and discover how to plan a novel before jumping into the actual writing! Read more →


How to Write a Trilogy in 6 Steps

Jun 17, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

It’s hardly a surprise that you want to know how to write a trilogy — there’s something inherently satisfying about the number three and its ubiquity in Western culture. You can see it in the holy trinity, the three witches in Macbeth, and the Latin dictum omne trium perfectum, or “everything in ... Read more →


What is a Round Character? Definitions and Examples

Jun 16, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a round character? What makes them so compelling? Here we define the essential qualities of a round character and provide examples from literature. Read more →


How to Become a Novelist (With Tips from Famous Authors!)

Jun 10, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Becoming a novelist is a lifelong dream for countless people, but how many of those people ever take the steps necessary to actually write a novel? If you’re apprehensive about the journey, fear not! This post on how to become a novelist will take you through every part of the process, complete w... Read more →


How to Write a Poem in 8 Steps (+ Tips from a Published Poet)

Jun 03, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to learn how to write a poem? Here's how to turn out some verse you can be proud of, in 8 simple steps — with tips from a poetry editor. Read more →


How to Start a Novel: 8 Steps to the Perfect Opening Scene

May 26, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

The best novel openings aren’t just beautiful sentences — they’re invitations into a world of the author’s creation. Want to offer your readers an invite they can't resist? Here's how to start a novel in 8 simple steps. Read more →


How to Start Writing a Book Today: Goodbye, Procrastination!

May 25, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Don't put off your dreams any longer. We'll show you how to start writing a book in only 3 steps, so you can jump-start your goals today. Read more →


How to Become a Writer and Build a Financially Viable Career

May 14, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Let's demystify how to become a writer in the most practical sense. Actionable advice on launching a writing career and making a living. Read more →


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