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 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

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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 2023

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 2023 (+ 5 Free Programs)

Dec 28, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Check out this list of the best novel writing software of 2023 — with tons of programs to keep you organized and inspired till the very last page. Read more →

Character Development: Creating Unique Characters [+Template]

Dec 20, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn to create compelling unique character with the help of our character development template. Read more →

Defeating Writer's Block: 10 Ways to Get Out of a Slump

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? Motifs Defined + 10 Illuminating Examples

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 →

Anti-Heroes, Defined: How to Write Them, Plus 5 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? 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 →

51 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 2023

Aug 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Feeling lost on your writing journey? We've got you covered with the 50 best writing websites of 2023 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 Many Words in a Novel? (Updated for 2023)

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 →

29 Must-Know Examples of Repetition in Literature

May 31, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

We cover the basics of repetition, including a clear definition and over 29 repetition examples in literature. Don't forget to try out the repetition quiz! Read more →

What Are Extended Metaphors? How to Use Them, Plus 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 (with Tactics from Bestsellers)

May 22, 2019 – Perfecting your Craft

Have you ever dreamed of writing a book? From the first outline to final edits, this guide will take you through how to write a book in 11 steps. Read more →

Active vs. Passive Voice: Distinguish Them With Confidence

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 (2023 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 →

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