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 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? Read more →


20 Writing Tips to Improve Your Craft

Sep 26, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Whether you're a beginner or a bestselling author, these 20 must-know writing tips will help you become the best writer you can be. Read more →


50 Places to Find a Critique Circle to Improve Your Writing

Sep 04, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Writers are better when we write together. So find an online critique circle to help you turn your WIPs into literary masterpieces! Read more →


The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2022

Aug 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Feeling lost on your writing journey? We've got you covered with the 50 best writing websites of 2022 full of advice, information, and support. 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. Read more →


How Long Should Your Novel Be? Our Editors Have the Answers

Jun 27, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Does word count really matter? To put it simply: YES! Read our guide to learn what your word count should be and our editors' tips for sticking to it. Read more →


What is an Anti-Villain? Definition, Tips, and Examples

Jun 13, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

What do the Marvel Cinemaic Universe and Game of Thrones have in common? Anti villains. Learn exactly what an anti villain is here — with lots of examples! Read more →


25+ TERRIFIC Repetition Examples in Literature

May 31, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

We cover the basics of repetition, including a clear definition and over 25 repetition examples in literature. Don't forget to try out the repetition quiz! Read more →


Extended Metaphors: Definition, Tips, and Examples

May 30, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Find out what an extended metaphor is (and how it differs from a regular metaphor). Includes examples from popular culture! Read more →


How to Write a Book in 13 Amazingly Simple Steps

May 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? From first outline to final edits, this guide will take you through how to write a book in 13 steps. Read more →


Active vs Passive Voice: Know the Difference and Fix It!

May 16, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

What is passive voice? When should I use it? How can I fix it? All your questions answered in the ultimate active vs passive voice showdown! Read more →


30+ Writing Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Apr 26, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Discover the writing podcasts which will educate, delight and inspire you to become a better writer and a published author. Read more →


YA vs. Middle Grade Fiction: 4 Key Differences (2022 Update)

Apr 03, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

When writing for Middle Grade or YA audiences, you need to know what those different readers expect and need. Editor Jamie Evans explains. Read more →


150 Famous Writing Quotes to Awaken Your Creative Muse

Mar 29, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Here are 170 inspiring writing quotes from famous authors like Hemingway, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling to get your story going. Read more →


How to Write a Novel in 15 Steps

Mar 25, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a novel in just 15 steps — from before you start writing your manuscript, to during, and then what to do once you finish the first draft. Read more →


What is Exposition? Examples of Backstory in Action

Mar 13, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn what exposition is, and how authors can use it to seamlessly sneak backstory into their writing. Read more →


The 40 Best Books About Writing: A Reading List for Authors

Mar 05, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

These 40 best books about writing contain advice from Stephen King, Ann Lamott, and many more. Read more →


What are the Romance Subgenres? (And How to Pick One)

Feb 15, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Whether readers want an escape or a thrill, romance novels have something for everyone. Here are six romance subgenres you must know to write in the genre. Read more →


How to Write a Romance Novel: Your Adoring Readers Await!

Feb 08, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Love is a battlefield, but writing about it doesn't have to be. Here are seven actionable tips on how to write a romance novel. Read more →


11 Popular Romance Tropes — and Why Everyone Loves Them

Feb 07, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Romance writers, make sure you know these romance tropes! They'll help you understand what readers already enjoy — and how to write romance that makes people's hearts flutter. Read more →


9 Common Types of Fantasy Characters (With Examples)

Jan 28, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

This list covers nine of the most common types of fantasy characters. Don’t forget to scope out the 80+ examples of our favorite fantasy characters from popular books and movies. Read more →


30+ Rhetorical Devices Everyone MUST Know

Jan 11, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Discover over 30 rhetorical devices with this extensive list — complete with examples of the devices in action. Read more →


Character Descriptions: How To Write Them (in 3 Steps)

Dec 21, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What is the best way to describe a character to your readers? We explore how to write character descriptions through three rules and many more examples. Read more →


150+ Useful Character Quirks (Plus a Few Clichés to Avoid)

Dec 18, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Need to jazz up the people in your novel? Take inspiration from over 150 character quirks... plus a few clichés you ought to avoid. Read more →


Defining Your Characters: 150+ Character Mannerisms

Dec 12, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Sometimes, all you need are tiny physical tics and character mannerisms to help flesh out your book's character. Here are over 150 of them. Read more →


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