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 End a Story Right: 13 Tips Every Author Should Know

Apr 13, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to write an ending that is sure to satisfy? In our guide, we break down 6 common types of endings, and 7 tips on how to craft the perfect one for yourself! Read more →

How to Write a Children's Book: An Author's Guide

Apr 10, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to learn how to write a children's book that sells? Just follow these steps, complete with valuable insights from top children's book editors. Read more →

How to Write a Cookbook in 9 Bite-Sized Steps

Apr 10, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

You've got the love of food down, but still need some guidance when it comes to how to write a cookbook? This post will guide you every step of the way. Read more →

How to Find a Poetry Editor in 5 Essential Steps

Apr 07, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Wordsworth once wrote, “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” The role of the poet, then, is to collect those emotions. But as museum aficionados will know, even the finest collections require a curator — and that’s ... Read more →

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Apr 01, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

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45+ Literary Devices and Terms That Everyone Should Know

Mar 20, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Whether you're a writer, reader, student, or all of the above, it's important to know how literary devices work. For writers, strong device usage can elevate prose from meager to magnificent. For readers, they can provide a greater understanding of the text. And for students, knowing a few litera... Read more →

What is a Dynamic Character? Writing 101: Definition & Examples

Mar 06, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a dynamic character, what is a static character, and how do they differ? Find out in this guide — which includes an awesome infographic for reference! Read more →

How to Write a Children's Picture Book in 8 Steps

Mar 04, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

This guide will teach you how to write a children's picture book — and might just lead you to be the next Maurice Sendak or Margaret Wise Brown! Read more →

The 17 Best Writing Apps to Boost Your Writing in 2021

Mar 03, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Whether you’re writing an email, a blog post, or a full-on novel, you’ll likely find the task impossible without the right tools. Which raises the question: what are the best writing apps to help you with everything from basic composition to firing-on-all-cylinders productivity? Read more →

What is an Epilogue Explained: Definition & Tips for Writers

Jan 31, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

The epilogue comes after the story has ended and acts as a finishing touch. To help you decide if your story needs an epilogue and, if so, how to write a strong one, we’ve asked our editors to give us their top epilogue advice. Read more →

The Best Novel Writing Software of 2021 (+ 5 Free Programs)

Dec 28, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

If you're writing a novel, you're gonna need some help. Luckily, we've got you covered! Check out this list of the best novel writing software of 2021 — with tons of programs to keep you organized and inspired till the very last page. Read more →

Character Development: How to Write Characters Your Readers Won't Forget

Dec 20, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

For any novel to truly connect with readers, the author needs to pay close attention to character development. Even the most action-packed, plot-driven books need well-thought out characters. This article goes over the 9 main parts of developing characters your readers won’t forget, from the inside out. Read more →

What is a Motif? Definition and 10 Concrete Examples from Literature

Nov 06, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Let's admit it: “What is a motif and how do you use it?” is a much less sexy question than, “What’s your book about?” But it’s just as necessary. If the theme of a book is its heartbeat, then motifs are the vessels that keep the blood coursing through the narrative. Among other things, motifs in... Read more →

How to Overcome Writer's Block: 20 Helpful Tips

Nov 06, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to overcome writer's block with our top 20 tips — and get a better understanding of why it happens in the first place Read more →

How to Write Faster: 15 Tips for Maximum Productivity

Nov 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Writes faster than a speeding bullet! Words more powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap from one metaphor to the next in a single bound! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… no! It’s Super Writer! 🚀 As great as that sounds, the truth is that writing quickly is no superpower, but a skill that takes time ... Read more →

Novel Synopsis Example: Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

Oct 24, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

New York Times bestselling author Caroline Leavitt shares an early synopsis of her novel, Is This Tomorrow. Read more →

Fiction 101: Six Types of Conflict Every Author Should Know

Oct 15, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Ah, conflict. Can’t live with it. Can’t live without it. Kurt Vonnegut once said that every story is about a character who gets into trouble and then tries to get out of it. That’s because who and what we entangle with isn’t just the stuffing for embarrassing Thanksgiving-dinner stories: it’s the... Read more →

What is Irony, Explained: Definition, Tips, and Examples

Oct 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Many of us probably know it when we see it, but few of us can articulate what irony really is — much less identify the different types. However, it’s important for writers to understand this literary technique, as it can really add depth to your story — so long as you’re not using it in a hackney... Read more →

What is an Anti-Hero? Definition, Tips, and Must-Know Examples

Oct 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Superman might be a hero, but Tyrion Lannister is definitely not — he's an "anti-hero." Learn exactly what an anti-hero is here — with lots of examples! Read more →

How Long Does It Take To Write a Book?

Sep 27, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Of all the questions that arise when you're learning how to write a book for the first time, the most pressing of all might be: just how long does it take to write a book? After all, you wouldn’t embark on a road trip without knowing how many hours you’d be in the car. It’s only natural to want t... Read more →

20 Writing Tips to Improve Your Craft

Sep 26, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Writer Edgar Bulwer-Lytton made this keen observation nearly 200 years ago, but it remains just as true today. Writing is one of the most powerful forms in existence, and a simple story can change countless lives — which is why so many of us choose to be writ... Read more →

50 Places to Find a Critique Circle to Improve Your Writing

Sep 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Contrary to popular belief, writers aren’t solitary creatures by default. In fact, we’re often better when we write together, swapping trade secrets and exchanging manuscripts for mutual critique. Unfortunately, accidents of geography can stop us from congregating as often as we’d like. We don’t ... Read more →

50 Best Writing Websites of 2021

Aug 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing, Book Design

The Internet is full of writing websites and blogs to help people reach their creative goals. If you’ve always dreamt of writing your own book, but don’t know how to get there — or if you’re in the process of writing, but feel unsure about what to do next — then it’s your lucky day! Here we have... Read more →

Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

Aug 16, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing, Book Design

The best writing and publishing posts, videos and how-to guides from the Reedsy blog. A great resource for both aspiring and established authors. Read more →

Show, Don't Tell: Tips and Examples of The Golden Rule

Jul 11, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

“Show don’t tell” is common advice among writers — but what does it really mean? This thorough guide answers that question with plenty of helpful examples. Also includes a Reedsy Live on the subject, courtesy of experienced professional editor Jim Thomas. Read more →

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