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!

What is a Plot Point?

Jul 26, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a plot point and how does being able to identify them help authors? In this guide, we apply a 7-point structure to The Handmaid's Tale. Read more →

20+ Writing Strategies (That Helped Bestselling Authors Finish Their Books)

Jul 13, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Struggling to write your book? Here are 20+ proven writing strategies from famous authors to help get you from the first draft to the last draft. Read more →

10 Writer's Block Memes to Keep Your Book Afloat

Jul 13, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

You're not the only one! Check out the best writer's block memes to see how many writers understand and laugh at the writer's block struggle. Read more →

6 Things Almost All Writers Get Wrong When Self-Editing

Jun 28, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Lisa Lepki of ProWritingAid explains some of the most common mistakes authors make when revising and editing their own writing. Read more →

How to Title a Book: What Do Good Book Titles Have In Common?

Jun 27, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft, Book Marketing

In this post, learn how to title a book that will help you sell more copies. We'll also look at elements shared by good book titles. Read more →

What is Plot? An Author's Guide to Storytelling

Jun 15, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What is plot? This guide includes a complete definition of plot, a plot diagram template, and tips from professional editors on how to plot a book. Read more →

How to Outline a Novel: an Author's Guide (with Template)

Jun 05, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Are you sick of crashing and burning every time you try and start a novel? This post shows you how to outline a book and gives you a book outline template for your own reference. Read more →

What is a Dénouement? A Story’s Final Beat (+ Examples)

Jun 01, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a dénouement, and why do authors write them? Read on for answers and examples of amazing dénouements. Read more →

How to Create a Character Profile: the Ultimate Guide (with Template)

May 31, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Download this character profile worksheet and max out your characters with over 150 probing questions. Read more →

What is Chekhov’s Gun? Definitions, Tips and Examples

May 28, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Discover the meaning behind Chekhov's Gun — and learn why it's one of storytelling's most powerful rules. Read more →

How Writing about Death Saved my Life

May 22, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Editor and author Christopher Noël talks about how writing about death helped him rebuild his life. Read more →

What It Takes to Write a Book that Becomes a Movie

May 04, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

The book editor of 'A Futile and Stupid Gesture' reveals her top 5 tips for writing a book that Hollywood will want to adapt into a film. Read more →

How to Start a Story: 11 Tips From Top Editors

Apr 19, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Are you struggling to write your opening chapter? 11 professional editors share their top tips on how to start a story that gets readers' attentions. Read more →

Writing Young Adult Fiction: An Editor’s Guide to Awesome YA

Apr 12, 2018 – Perfecting your Craft

Editor Kate Angelella reveals her top tips for writing young adult fiction. Her post includes a video webinar replay and examples from bestselling YA. Read more →

How to Revise a Novel: 6 Steps to a Smooth Revision

Nov 07, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Learn the 6 steps needed to smoothly revise a novel, with tips from a professional editor. Read more →

Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

Oct 18, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

How long should a chapter be? Discover the sweet spot for your chapter's word count in this post featuring J.K. Rowling, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Henry James. Read more →

How Blending the Past and Present Allowed Me to Ask: "What If?"

Oct 05, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors

Writing a novel that mixes history and speculation allowed Finian Black the freedom to ask "what if?" and to bring legends of the past into present-day. Read more →

A Century of Fantasy: How the Genre's Changed Since the 1920s

Oct 03, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

The word "fantasy" comes from Old French's phantasie, or "imagination" — and since the 1900s, writers have taken the genre in very imaginative directions. Read more →

How I Wrote My Novel by Building a Community

Sep 14, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors, Book Marketing

Giuseppe Porcaro talks about the number of interactive events he's hosted that helped him during the writing process and built a community around his novel. Read more →

How to Write a Fantasy Novel: Tips From Professional Fantasy Editors

Aug 31, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Top fantasy editors who've worked with George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and more share their best advice for writing fantasy novels. Read more →

8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Aug 21, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Try these 8 character development exercises to help you: establish your character's internal motivations, put them into context, and bring them to life. Read more →

What is the Narrative Arc? A Guide to Storytelling Through Story Structure

Jul 18, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Has anyone ever told you that your narrative arc was too weak? Too complex? Find out what that means and how you can fix it in this guide to arcs and plots. Read more →

Six common writing mistakes by first-time authors, and how to fix them!

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Here are the six most common writing mistakes identified by fiction editors, with simple fixes that can be done in the revision stage. Read more →

How do you choose the right viewpoint and narrator for your novel?

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

From omniscient narrator to limited narrator or objective one, editor Kristen Stieffel goes over the different viewpoints novelists can use. Read more →

The Lightbulb Moment: Turning an Idea Into a Novel

Jun 29, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors

Novelist Mt.T. Ellis talks about how the plot of her debut thriller came to hear in a dream — and how authors can go about turning story ideas into novels. Read more →

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