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 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 →


How to Write a Series: 5 Fundamental Tips for Expanding Your Story

May 08, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a series by understanding these five fundamental elements of storytelling, from planning to character development. Read more →


The 21 Best Writing Tools of 2021: A Guide for Writers

Apr 27, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

If you feel spoiled by choice when it comes to picking the perfect writing tools, you'll love this list which reviews some of the top writing tools of 2021. Read more →


How to Edit Your Own Book (with Template)

Apr 13, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Editing a book is a critical step in the publishing journey. Learn how to edit a book in this guide, which includes a comprehensive editing checklist! Read 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 in 7 Surprisingly Simple Steps

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

Need someone to edit your poetry? First you need to know how to find a poetry editor! Luckily, this post will take you through it in 5 simple steps. 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

Looking to inject style into your writing? This list of 35+ literary devices is a great place to start — with plenty of examples from popular stories. 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 →


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 101: Writing Characters 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 →


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 →


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 Write Faster: 15 Tips for Maximum Productivity

Nov 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Trying to meet a deadline? Feeling frantic over NaNoWriMo? Here's how to write faster and get your work done quickly, with tips you can action today! 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 →


What is Irony? Four Types of Irony + Examples

Oct 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

What is irony? We define the different types of irony and examine how they're used in writing books, TV shows, and films. 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 →


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