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!

Character Questionnaire: 50 Juicy Questions To Ask Your Characters

Nov 18, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to use a character questionnaire, and put your character in the hot seat with our 50 juicy character development questions. Read more →

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

Oct 16, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

The best story settings come to vivid life in their readers' minds. Learn all about the setting of a story and how to write it in this guide! 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

These six steps on how to write a trilogy will help you brainstorm, outline, and structure a three-part series that will immerse and hook readers. 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

Always dreamt of becoming a novelist, but not sure where to start? This 10-step guide to how to become a novelist will give you everything you need! Read more →

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

May 26, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Want to write an amazing opening for your book? This post will show you how to start a novel off right, in 8 simple steps. 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 22 Best Writing Tools of 2022: 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 2022. 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 →

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Apr 01, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

'Write' a unique 90,000-word novel in under 30 seconds with Reedsy's new AI-powered system. Try it today. Read more →

45+ Literary Devices and Terms That Everyone Should Know

Mar 20, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft, Book Design

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 2022

Mar 03, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Looking for writing apps that will actually improve your work? Here are 17 word processing, editing, and productivity apps to get the job done. Read more →

The Best Novel Writing Software of 2022 (+ 5 Free Programs)

Dec 28, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Check out this list of the best novel writing software of 2022— 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

Even the most plot-driven book needs a well-drawn cast. That's why you should learn to develop characters your readers won’t forget, from the inside out. Read more →

Writer’s Block: 10 Ways to Defeat a Writer’s Worst Enemy

Nov 06, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

We reveal the common causes of writer's block and drop 10 top tips to break out of your creative slump! Read more →

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

Nov 06, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

A motif in literature is something that's often analyzed, yet easily muddled. In this guide, we'll define exactly what is a motif using 10 helpful examples! Read more →

How to Write Faster: 8 Strategies for Productivity

Nov 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Trying to write your book faster? Here are 8 strategies to get the words flowing on the page and increase your output. 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 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 →

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