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 I Wrote My Novel by Building a Community

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

Giuseppe Porcaro is the author of DISCO SOUR: an existential odyssey of a heartsick politician trying to save a war-torn, post-austerity Europe from algorithmic autocracy. In this article, he talks about the collaboration behind his latest novel, which was inspired in large part by interactive ev... Read more →


13 Kick-Ass Tips For Writing Fantasy From Professional Fantasy Editors

Aug 31, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Has there ever been a better time to be writing fantasy? Where once it was a fringe genre, now fantasy is everywhere in pop culture, from Harry Potter to the memes surrounding Jon Snow. There’s also never been a more exciting time to write fantasy. The genre is changing daily, as authors such as... Read more →


8 Character Development Exercises to Help You Nail Your Character

Aug 21, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Even the most fast-paced, action-driven novels need compelling characters to keep readers engaged. Of course, readers will never “get to know” a character if the author doesn’t have a thorough understanding of who they are and what is driving them first. To this end, we’re about to get real close... 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? Or not complex enough? Universal to both fiction and nonfiction, the narrative arc (also called the “story arc”) refers to the structure and shape of a story. This arc is made up of the events in your story — the sequenc... Read more →


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

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

We have the chance to work with some exceptionally talented and experienced editors at Reedsy. Kristen Stieffel is one of them: a writer, editor, and writing coach, she specializes in speculative fiction. Today, she shares her expert advice on viewpoint and narrators. Ever wondered whether you sh... Read more →


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

Jul 10, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Today, one of our most experienced editors on Reedsy shares some invaluable advice for first-time authors! Lourdes Venard specializes in crime fiction, science fiction, Young Adult, memoirs, and other nonfiction. She also teaches for the University of California, San Diego’s copyediting certifica... Read more →


The Lightbulb Moment: Turning an Idea Into a Novel

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

M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane-based crime thriller author. She has just published her debut novel, Azrael, which was inspired by a nightmare she had in 2014. In this article, M.T. talks about the so-called “lightbulb” moment — the moment an author strikes plot-gold. Writers, she explains, can have man... 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? There are plenty of reality doses out there already, so we’re going to focus on the positives, and what you can do to maximize your chances of travel writing professionally. One of the first steps: you should absolutely know your markets, and what types of tra... Read more →


18 Pieces of Publishing Advice From Our Authors

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

For the past two years, this blog has been home to the From Our Authors series: articles penned by authors on the Reedsy Network. They've kindly shared their publishing experiences with their fellow writers, filling us all in on what has worked (and not worked) for them. Straight from this well o... Read more →


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

Mar 22, 2017 – Perfecting your Craft

Reedsy editor and novelist Andrew Lowe highlights an excellent way to improve your writing craft without the need to read a word or skip a YouTube ad. You’ve probably already absorbed it without even knowing. I’ll bet you have stacks of writing-advice books stashed away, unopened, on your Kindle... Read more →


Two Types of Writers: Plotters and Pantsers

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

Writing has always been a passion for the UK-based former journalist Amanda Wills, who now works part-time as a police press officer. Her latest book, Flick Henderson and the Deadly Game, was published in December last year, with a cover design courtesy of Reedsy artist Rachel Lawston. In this ar... Read more →


The 21 Best News Roundups for Self-Publishing Authors

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

We're helping to streamline your learning — and cut back on your hours of aimless browsing — with this list of our favorite writing and self-publishing roundups. 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 →


How to Self-Publish a Graphic Novel

Jan 25, 2016 – Perfecting your Craft, From our Authors, Understanding Publishing

Self-publishing a graphic novel can be new territory even for veterans in the business. This is because graphic novels are as much a work of art as a written piece. We got in touch with Ben Galley to tell us about his experiences in this field. Read more →


Query Boot Camp Vol. 2: Thrillers

Nov 02, 2015 – Perfecting your Craft

Here is our editor Rebecca with the second installment of Query Boot Camp, focusing on… thrillers! If you missed the first installment of QBC, or you’re not sure what this segment is all about, check out the introduction to Rebecca’s first post here. I’m so excited to bring you this second insta... 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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