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!

50 Best Writing Websites of 2021

Aug 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Feeling lost on your writing journey? We've got you covered with the 50 best writing websites of 2021 full of advice, information, and support. Read more →

Roundup of Writing and Publishing Resources

Aug 16, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

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. 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

Of all the literary devices that writers use to bring their stories to life, a metaphor remains one of the most popular. The act of comparing one thing to another may sound simple, but it's proved popular over the centuries, as authors, poets, songwriters and everyday people wield it to explain s... Read more →

How to Write a Book in 15 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 15 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 (2021 Update)

Apr 03, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Jamie Evans is an editor and writer based in Atlanta. Her passion is young adult and middle grade lit, and she also specializes in romance and new adult fiction. In this post, she reveals 4 key differences between writing for YA and MG readers. Read more →

150 Famous Writing Quotes to Awaken Your Creative Muse

Mar 29, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

When you're feeling stuck on your novel, an important thing to remember is that we've all been there in the past. That's right — even the J.K Rowling's and Ernest Hemingway's of this world. Which is why it's always a great idea to turn to your most famous peers (and their writing quotes) for insp... 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 →

Fiction 101: Exposition in Literature (Definition and Examples)

Mar 13, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

If you’ve ever cringed while reading a book (or watching a movie) because the characters are clearly just repeating information for the benefit of the audience, you’ll know just why exposition in literature is so important to get right. Read more →

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

Mar 05, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Get writing tips from the best authors, editors, and professionals in the biz! 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

You might think you know how a romance story goes. Boy meets girl. Boys fails girl. Boy gets girl. Seems simple enough, right? Not so fast. The landscape of romance is extremely rich and diverse, with many branches of subgenres and subcategories. And, though that elusive Happily Ever After is a ... Read more →

How to Write a Romance Novel

Feb 08, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Romance novels have always captured our hearts — they contain the intrigue, intimacy, and basic human drama that all readers love. And while it was once a “shameful” genre read mostly in secret, romance today is having a huge moment, with mega-popular books like Outlander and Crazy Rich Asians ev... Read more →

11 Popular Romance Tropes — and How to Make Them New Again

Feb 07, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

If you’re an aspiring romance writer, do yourself a favor by getting acquainted with the popular romance tropes out there. It will help you get an idea of what romance readers already like, and will help you write stories that feel refreshing and new. You can start with this list! 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

Rhetorical devices (also known as stylistic devices, persuasive devices, or simply rhetoric) are techniques or language used to convey a point or convince an audience. And they're used by everyone: politicians, businesspeople, even your favorite novelists. You may already know some of these devi... Read more →

How to Make a Comic Book in 5 Superheroic Steps

Jan 05, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Let’s dig into how to write a comic book and publish it for the enjoyment of eager readers. Read more →

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

Dec 21, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Character descriptions — those key passages that describe what a character actually looks like — are almost as crucial to a written story as the characters themselves. If you’re writing a novel, you’ve probably created an awesome, vivid protagonist in your head: motivated, quirky, maybe even memo... Read more →

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

Dec 18, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Writing great characters is a constant balancing act — you want each one to have certain quirks and character flaws, but you don’t want them to be SO zany that they’re off-putting to readers. So how can you come up with realistic traits that humanize your characters, without falling into cliché? ... Read more →

Defining Your Characters: 150+ Character Mannerisms

Dec 12, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Part of the magic of great fiction is its ability to let you see their characters in your mind’s eye. Think about Sherlock Holmes and you might picture him smoking a pipe, or stroking his chin in thought. Or Anne Shirley from Anne of the Green Gables, who might at any moment be gesturing enthusia... Read more →

What Makes a Compelling Romance Novel?

Dec 07, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Find out what all satisfying romance novels have in common with this guest post from Reedsy editor Ann Leslie Tuttle. Read more →

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