10 NaNoWriMo Tips for Success from Editors and Agents

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
Attempting NaNoWriMo this year? I've asked 10 Reedsy editors and agents for their advice to help you succeed.

Things I Never Want To Read In An Opening Sentence So Please Stop

Column by Peter Derk June 16, 2022
You can have a killer cover, a great blurb, and an overall excellent book, but a bad opening line trainwrecks all of it.

Advice from a 19th Century Governess and How Writing About Writing Has Changed

Column by Leah Dearborn
Writers have always loved to give advice, even when it’s not solicited.
Brian Keene: A Look Back on 2020

Brian Keene: A Look Back on 2020

Interview by Sadie Hartmann
This year, I want to catch up with as many authors as I can and ask them about how they survived 2020.

9 Ways To Punch Rejection In The Nuts—A Positive Outlook

Column by Holly Slater September 14, 2016
What are your odds of rejection as a writer? High! High as a motherfucking kite, my friend. This is a motivational piece, by the way.

22 of the Best Single Sentences on Writing

Column by Christopher Shultz April 8, 2016
If good writing is succinct and concise, then shouldn't the same be true of writing advice?

7 Tips on How To Write a Better Open Letter

Column by Peter Derk
If you insist on writing an open letter, read this first.

How Backstory Almost Totally Fucked Up the Star Wars Franchise: A Lesson for Writers

Column by Cath Murphy December 11, 2015
The Star Wars prequels almost killed the Star Wars franchise and it wasn't just because of Hayden Christensen's acting. The toxic element was an overdose of backstory.

6 Things You Should Never Write About for NaNoWriMo

Column by Cath Murphy November 2, 2015
Getting past the NaNoWriMo finish line isn’t just about perseverance and gallons of coffee. It’s about picking the right idea. Choose wisely my friends.

In Defense of (and Against) 'Write What You Know'

Column by Christopher Shultz August 24, 2015
It's the most trite piece of advice any writer can receive...or is it?

Better Writing Through Focus Words

Column by Christopher Shultz
Choose simplicity over specificity and see where it takes you.

Tips for the Traveling Writer

Column by Leah Dearborn
Even if writing is a part-time or hobbyist endeavor, travel is one of the best ways to fuel inspiration and break out of a lethargic, counterproductive day-to-day routine.

Brown Bag Your Writing: Using Your Lunch Break To Write

Column by Peter Derk June 5, 2015
Have trouble writing at lunch? Here's help.

How To Tell Your Family and Friends You're A Writer

Column by Peter Derk November 24, 2014
A real chat with a real counselor. Learn how to talk to your family and friends about your writing habit, ask them for more time or to support you. Free therapy right here!

5 Things Bodybuilders Know That Writers Don't

Column by Peter Derk November 7, 2014
5 bodybuilding practices writers should consider. Plus, dumpster-diving for porn.

12 Vital Preparatory Steps for NaNoWriMo

Column by Rob Blair Young October 2, 2014
November poses one of the greatest challenges for writers: drafting an entire novel in one month. Learn what you can do now to increase your chances of success.

Writing Lessons from the Dead: Charles Bukowski

Column by Max Booth III June 26, 2014
Charles Bukowski checks into Max's hotel and drinks all his whiskey while offering writing advice.

How To Break Up With Your First Draft

Column by Christine J. Schmidt April 14, 2014
You're staying with your first draft for all the wrong reasons. It's time to break free and get to the story you were always meant to write!

The Ten Worst Pieces of Writing Advice You Will Ever Hear (and Probably Already Have)

Column by Susan DeFreitas April 11, 2014
When is good advice bad advice? When it doesn't account for the many ways that we learn and grow as writers.
Stephen King Shares the Best Opening Line He Ever Wrote

The Best Opening Line Stephen King Ever Wrote

News by Dean Fetzer August 5, 2013
In an article in the Atlantic, the prolific author reveals why he spends “months and even years” writing the first line of one of his books.