If you haven’t come across Reedsy before, I highly recommend you hop across and take a look. I subscribe to their writing prompts, and had signed up for a number of their free courses, but they also offer editorial consultation. I took the courses for YA novels and writing short stories, both of which I found extremely useful.
The way it works for Reedsy is: every week they send across a number of prompts. Subscribers can choose of the prompts and write their story based on it. In my case I had sent out my story to match the prompt:
“Write a story that draws from a moment in your life where you wish you’d made a different choice. Have your protagonist make that choice, and then see what happens.”
This led to the story The Prodigal Daughter. I sent it out with my fingers crossed as usual, and about five days later I got a response saying my story had been chosen as that week’s winner!
I was quite thrilled of course. A series of instructions followed, because one additional step was required in the case of Reedsy – signing in to Medium and posting the story. This doesn’t demand much effort. The process is seamless and is no different to posting on your own blog.
I received payment within the week itself so it was very quick.
Once I posted to Medium, the story was published and has so far garnered 163 claps! You can check it out for yourself right here.
Overall the experience was quite positive and I was very happy with it. This was a story I had been working on but couldn’t find the right angle and the prompt helped me do that.