Writer Tool Kit: Is Skillshare worth it?

Is Skillshare worth the cost? Let’s take a look the pro’s, con’s, and my personal experience.

Writers Took Kit: Skillshare Video

Skillshare is an online learning community where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a class. They have over 15000 classes, 2 million students and payout over 5 million to teachers. The classes are presented in video format. In most cases,  the instructor provides optional assignments. You can post your work and communicate with the teacher. They have  free classes and premium classes that you pay a monthly (auto debit) fee for and are able take as many classes as you can cram into your schedule

 

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My experience:

  I was instantly intrigued by Skilshare. I love suck up knowledge. On my first search  I didn’t find any free classes that appealed to me. So,  I decided to activate the free trial for access to a wider variety of classes. I wasn’t in the mood to enter my credit/debit card information at the time. I intended to do it later.

And I forgot about it.

When a fellow writer recommended it, I decided to give it another try.  I am glad that I did. I have been a premium (paid) member for two months. One month was a free trial. I have taken at least 15 classes and for me it is worth the cost. The knowledge gained has been immediately helpful to me. The classes I selected were focused on marketing, promotion, and building an audience. I have not taken any of the writing classes that they offer.

The Pros:

  • Wide variety of classes and instructors to choose from.
  • You can take as many classes as you like.
  • Work at your own pace.
  • Skip head in a lesson or go back.
  • You can retake the same class if you wish.
  • Community learning environment
  • New classes are constantly being added.

The Cons:

  • Sifting through the many classes to find the best one can be time consuming.
  • The quality of the videos and instruction varies from class to class. Most are well done but I have found a few that were not worth my time.
  • The monthly billing.  They will not forget but you might! Not only the impending charge but that you have a multitude of classes at your disposal.

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Skill Share might be worth it for you if

  • You enjoy video based classes.
  • You like the flexibility of working at your own pace.
  • You love learning enough to fully utilize the classes that are available. In other words, are you just going to sign up, take a class or two and then forget about it? If so, the free trial might be perfect for you, as long as you don’t forget to cancel it.
  • If you can remember to cancel your subscription if you are not using it enough to justify the cost.

 

Free 60 day trial

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Tips for using Skillshare

  • Watch the intro video to each class. It can be tempting to skip but this will give you a good idea if the instructor and content is worth your time.
  • Do the assignments. Yes, they are optional, but you will get more out of it if you put more into it.
  • Decide what you want to learn before browsing the classes. This will help you stay focused on taking classes that fit your personal goals instead of being tempted by other classes.

What are your thoughts on Skillshare? Have you used it? Do you have a favorite class or instructor?

Writers Tool Box: Brainstormer App

Stuck in a writing rut? Need a fresh idea for a plot? You may want to consider the Brainstormer App. Read on to find out more. You can also watch the video on my vlog.

Vlog: Brainstorming App

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Brainstormer

  •  This fun app is available for android or iPhone.
  • Use it if you need some plot inspiration.
  • Give the three wheels a spin to get a conflict, a setting, and a subject for your work.
  • Simple brainstorming
  •  Available for $0.99 on Android and $1.99 the iPhone.


Why I like it:

  •  Endless plot options.
  • Yes, sometimes they are silly combinations that make me laugh but other times it provides a spark that leads to a great story idea.
  • Simple to use
  • Fun layout and graphics
  • You can edit the wordlist to personalize this tool
  • You can lock  one or more sections of the wheel when you find a word (or words) you like and spin the remaining wheel(s).

Is it worth the price?

  • If you are short on cash and you don’t need any inspiration you might want to skip it.
  • If you have a dollar or two to spare this is a fun app with potential to spur great ideas.
  • You can upgrade (for a price) to the character, world, creature, and Sci-Fi creator if you decide this App works for you.
  • The ability to edit and create your  own wordlists makes this app have huge potential for the price.

My Personal Experience

This is a handy app with the potential to provide inspiration. Have I used it in my writing? No. I have had a blast playing around with it. A few examples: A crime boss finds unconditional love in a small town. How about an abduction that takes place in an underwater rollercoaster? Or a dystopian themed revolt that takes place in a shipyard? I do plan to use this app in my free-writing journal.

Have you used this App? Do you have a suggestion for an app or writers tool that you have found to be helpful or even life changing? Please leave the details in the comments.

Have A Blessed & Bookish day!