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 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 →


12 Types of Travel Writing Every Writer Should Know

Jun 21, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

So, you want to be a travel writer? Find out the 12 types of travel writing that you can pitch to magazines, newspapers, and publishers. Read more →


18 Pieces of Publishing Advice From Our Authors

Jun 02, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors

We're featuring the 18 best pieces of advice we've received from our authors about writing, design, editing, marketing, and self-publishing in general. Read more →


Netflix & Write: 8 Shows That Will Make You a Better Novelist

Mar 22, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

What can Walter White and the kids from "Stranger Things" teach you about writing a novel? According to author and editor Andrew Lowe, quite a lot. Read more →


Two Types of Writers: Plotters and Pantsers

Mar 09, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors

Children's fiction author Amanda Wills discusses the two types of writers: plotters and pantsers — and the pros and cons of both. Read more →


The 21 Best News Roundups for Self-Publishing Authors

Feb 08, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing, Book Marketing

Don't miss out on the best new articles and tips for self-publishing authors. Add these 21 exceptional roundups to your regular reading rotation! Read more →


14 Unexpected Day Jobs of Bestselling Authors

Sep 07, 2016 – Perfecting your Craft

Bret Easton Ellis sold his manuscript for Less Than Zero at the age of 21. Unlike this wunderkind, most authors don’t land on the New York Times Best Sellers List straight after college: most of them had to find day jobs while they worked on their craft. In this week’s post, we look through the r... Read more →


Query Boot Camp Vol. 2: Thrillers

Nov 02, 2015 – Perfecting your Craft

The second installment of Query Boot Camp focusing on thriller query letters. If you want free feedback on your query, just read the post and drop us a line! Read more →


Writing memoir: Tips for Finding Your Memoir’s Theme — By Julia Scheeres

Oct 13, 2015 – Perfecting your Craft

[caption id="attachment_644" align="alignleft" width="170"] Julia Scheeres[/caption] A few months ago, we had an interesting piece on our blog from our Reedsy editor and advisor Rebecca Heyman on why authors should think twice before writing a "memoir". We believe that in a subjective industry l... Read more →


Stranger Than Fiction? Probably Not: Why you might want to rethink your memoir

Jun 23, 2015 – Perfecting your Craft

Today, our lovely editor and Reedsy advisor Rebecca Heyman shares her thoughts on writing memoirs. In this lively and informative post, Becca offers some brilliant no-nonsense insights on the competitiveness of the memoir genre and why fiction might be a safer bet. Memoir is everywhere. The genr... Read more →


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