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 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 →


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 →


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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