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!

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 →


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 →


12 Types of Characters Every Writer Should Know

Dec 06, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What are the 12 essential character types and how can you use them? Find out in this super-thorough guide! Read more →


265+ Forceful Verbs to Turn You Into a Literary Tyrannosaurus

Dec 03, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

A list of forceful verbs that will bolster your writing. Includes exciting synonyms for 'speaking,' 'walking,' 'standing,' and 'attacking.' Read more →


15 of the Best Online Writing Communities for Aspiring Authors

Nov 19, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Looking for support from fellow writers from the comfort of your own home? Look no further with this list of some of the top online writing communities. Read more →


How to Monotask Your Way to Writing Productivity

Nov 14, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Ever feel like you just can't focus no matter how hard you try? Your solution may be monotasking — a technique writers can use to ward off distractions. Read more →


What is an Inciting Incident? Definition & Examples

Nov 01, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What is an inciting incident and how do you use it? Our guide will tell you everything you ever needed to know about this crucial story element. Read more →


Paleo Publishing: Terrible Writing Advice from a Caveman Author

Oct 31, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

The Stone Age's top author returns to share his best (read: worst) writing tips. Read more →


Foreshadowing Explained: Definition, Tips, and Examples

Oct 23, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Foreshadowing is a literary device used to hint at events yet to come. Learn why it's such a key tool in an author’s arsenal with 10 exciting examples. Read more →


How to Write a Horror Story: 7 Tips for Writing Horror

Oct 22, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a horror story like Edgar Allan Poe. These 7 tips will guide you through how to choose your atmosphere, create high stakes, and more. Read more →


The Essential List of 90+ Metaphor Examples in Literature and Pop Culture

Oct 19, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

If you're looking for metaphor examples, look any further than this master guide to 90+ metaphors in literature, films, songs, and more. Read more →


Pacing in Writing: 10 Powerful Ways to Keep Readers Hooked

Oct 13, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

See what pacing is, why it's important, and learn 10 techniques to control pacing in writing to keep your readers hooked. Read more →


The Snowflake Method: 6 Steps to a Powerful Story Outline

Oct 12, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Discover the secrets behind one of the most popular story-outlining processes used by today's emerging authors. Read more →


What Is Purple Prose? Writing 101: Definition, Tips, and Examples

Oct 04, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Everything you ever wanted to know about purple prose — plus 4 actionable tips on how to keep it out of your writing for good. Read more →


How to Write a Thriller in 7 Heart-Stopping Steps

Oct 01, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to write a thriller in 7 steps and get 4 bonus tips from top professional editors on writing your own page-turner. Read more →


70+ Plot Twist Ideas and Examples Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away

Sep 28, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Looking for your next plot twist ideas? Here are 70+ of the best plot twist examples to fuel your story and blow your readers' minds away. Read more →


Writing 101: How to Create Suspense in 5 Exciting Steps

Sep 26, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Every good novel needs a little suspense. In this guide, you'll learn all about literary suspense, from its many varieties to how you can create it in your writing! Read more →


How to Write a Compelling Character Arc

Sep 21, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to plot a believable character arc — whether your character triumphs over evil or succumbs to it — using examples like Bilbo and Walter White! Read more →


Protagonist vs. Antagonist Explained: Definitions and Examples

Sep 17, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn how to kick your story's primary conflict up a notch through the age-old narrative rivalry of the protagonist and antagonist. Read more →


About the Author Examples (That You'll Actually Want to Read)

Sep 14, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

For any writer wondering the right way to talk about themselves, here are 13 About the Author examples you'll want to skip to the end of the book to read. Read more →


14 Popular Fantasy Tropes — And How to Make Them Feel New Again

Sep 03, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

If you want to deliver what fantasy readers want from a book (without descending into cliches) check out this list of fantasy tropes. Read more →


Worldbuilding: How to Create a Fascinating New World [+Template]

Aug 30, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Follow our worldbuilding guide and free template, and learn the best way to create a convincing and believable universe. Read more →


How to Write a Fight Scene

Aug 29, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Do your fights read like filler? Find out how to craft a captivating fight scene that'll leave your reader feeling positively pummeled. Read more →


Character Motivation: How to Write Believable Characters

Aug 17, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn to get under the skin of your protagonists and antagonists and discover the character motivation that drives their every decision. Read more →


How To Come Up With A Character Name: an Author's Guide

Aug 16, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What's in a name and why does it matter? We answer this once and for all with 12 steps to help you figure out how to come up with a character name. Read more →


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