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!

How to Write a Killer Author Bio (With Template)

Apr 12, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write an author bio that gets readers' attention. This definitive guide includes tips from professional marketers and a free template. Read more →

How to Revise a Novel: 6 Steps to a Smooth Revision

Nov 07, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn the 6 steps needed to smoothly revise a novel, with tips from a professional editor. Read more →

Mastering Chapter Length: How Long Should Your Chapters Be?

Oct 18, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

How long should a chapter be? Discover the sweet spot for your chapter's word count in this post featuring J.K. Rowling, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Henry James. Read more →

A Century of Fantasy: How the Genre's Changed Since the 1920s

Oct 03, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

The word "fantasy" comes from Old French's phantasie, or "imagination" — and since the 1900s, writers have taken the genre in very imaginative directions. Read more →

How to Write a Fantasy Novel (+ Worldbuilding Template)

Aug 31, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Top fantasy editors who've worked with George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and more share their advice for writing fantasy. Read more →

Kill Your Darlings: A Guide to Ruthless Editing

Aug 30, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Nervous about killing your darlings? Don't be! Check out this post to learn how you can self-edit with confidence. Read more →

8 Character Development Exercises to Write 3D Characters

Aug 21, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Try these 8 character development exercises to help you: establish your character's internal motivations, put them into context, and bring them to life. Read more →

What is the Narrative Arc? A Guide to Storytelling Through Story Structure

Jul 18, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Has anyone ever told you that your narrative arc was too weak? Too complex? Find out what that means and how you can fix it in this guide to arcs and plots. Read more →

Six common writing mistakes by first-time authors, and how to fix them!

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Here are the six most common writing mistakes identified by fiction editors, with simple fixes that can be done in the revision stage. Read more →

How Do You Choose the Right Viewpoint and Narrator for Your Novel?

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

From omniscient narrator to limited narrator or objective one, editor Kristen Stieffel goes over the different viewpoints novelists can use. Read more →

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