Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Recommendation for Writers: Reedsy Learning

Fountain Pen
(Image source: Pinterest)

I have been a bit quiet recently. Life, as a whole, has firmly taken over. Paired with a dreaded case of writer's block, pages stayed painfully empty and my motivation went on holiday without me. Then I discovered Reedsy and now I'm slowly getting back into the swing.

I discovered Reedsy Learning two weeks ago thanks to Kristen Kieffer's newsletter - which you should totally subscribe to. Her blog, Well Storied, has a wealth of information and tips for writers.

I'm still trying to figure out Reedsy as a whole, but it looks like they are a great thing to be aware of as a writer as they will connect you with editors, marketers, designers and all your other bookish needs. What I am most interested in, however, is Reedsy Learning.

Reedsy Learning offers free 10-day email courses on a number of writing topics. Everything from how to research for your historical novel, to developing great characters, to book marketing. These are delivered to your inbox first thing in the morning. The advice you get is brief, but effective. For the last 10 days I did Kristen's course on the 3-Act structure.

After my attempts at "writing into the forest and seeing what I'll walk out with" were rather less successful than I had hoped and I ended up with more questions, more research, and fewer words, I decided to go back to the drawing board. So, back at the planning stages of a new novel, the 3-Act structure course was supposed to give me a bit of a refresher and help keep me focused and motivated.

And it did. The emails fluttered in between 6:00 and 6:30 every morning - one beat of the structure at a time. I read the handful of paragraphs while still in bed, sometimes getting carried away a bit by reading the recommended articles included in the emails as well.

Then I started my day and began plotting out my novel - one beat of the structure at a time. To be fair, I had to stop my planning when it came to act 3 - mostly because I don't quite know how I'm going to end this story. In my heart of hearts I am a pantser, who nonetheless likes to pretend to have a battle plan. And thanks to the Reedsy course I now know how I'm getting to the climax, even if I don't quite know how it is going to play out.

I have already signed up for the next class: Build a Rock Solid Writing Routine - mostly because the lack of routine made me struggle to stay motivated and actually put in the time. Somehow this always happens after many months of editing when I reach that blank space between novels. So, how best to kickstart the new project than with daily advice on how to build that routine?


  1. Chris, I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed the 3-Act Reedsy course. Thank you for sharing your experience! And isn't Reedsy Learning awesome? I've taken a few of the other courses for myself and I couldn't agree more. Having that small bite of actionable info to devour once a day has been an incredible way to learn. I can't wait to start in on my next course, too!

    1. Hi Kristen, you are most welcome. Thank you for putting it all together.

      I think what I love best about Reedsy is the fact that it really is just a handful of paragraphs a day. It makes it very manageable and you can implement the material on a day by day basis without feeling overwhelmed. It's absolutely fantastic. I plan on doing many more courses.