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When we ask our writers what part of writing they have the most trouble with, one answer comes up more often than any other: ACCOUNTABILITY.

Let’s face it: writing is a solitary endeavor by its very nature, and that can be tough. But what if you didn’t have to go it alone? What if you had a friendly writing coach to check in on you and offer all the motivation and support you could need?

If it sounds too good to be true, it’s not. It’s Will.Power, our proven social accountability system.

Here's how it works: When you join Bardsy, we’ll assess your writing habits, goals and history and assign you a Will.Power coach (a real person and writer—no robots here!).

From that point on, your coach will check in weekly, on whatever day you choose, to cheer you on and/or cajole you - whatever it takes, as you need it. This support is not the generic writing advice readily available everywhere on the internet. Your coach will provide personal attention and actionable feedback meant only for you. How? With Will.Power’s built-in tools.

Your coach will review your Will.Power notes and to-do list every week. These tools are your place to brainstorm, set goals, ask questions and even vent your frustrations. They’re shared with your coach, so they can provide exactly what you need to get going and stay going.

Use these tools to get the most out of your check-ins. For instance, you might be stuck on a backstory, or just can’t get past the dreaded blank page. Or, perhaps, you’ve added a big goal to your list and aren’t sure what the first step is. Put these thoughts in your notes, and your coach will step in, asking questions, offering suggestions and giving advice.

Research shows that you’re far more likely to achieve your goals when you check in with someone about your progress. In one study, for instance, participants with a coach were twice as likely to accomplish their goals.

With Will.Power, you become a motivated writer with a consistent practice, and the writing to show for it. Only you can write your stories, but we’re on your team. When we work towards your goals together, you can achieve the success you deserve.

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"Before Bardsy, my growth as a fiction writer had stalled. Despite writing consistently, my work wasn't improving; every time I got feedback, it was essentially 'fine, but not fantastic.' With individual coaching and my writer's group, I received the direction needed to progress. Bardsy's coaching is thoughtful and professional, and she clearly explains how to improve without sacrificing your voice.

Since joining Bardsy, I've placed in two fiction contests, sold a short story and am working on a novel. Best of all, my writing is improving. I'm very thankful to have found Bardsy and would recommend the program to all writers." — Alex T.

"As someone who has always loved to write but was too anxious to put my work out into the world, finding Bardsy is something I am always thankful for. The first time I published a short story to the site, I found myself engaged in constructive conversations with people who had read my work and I was hooked!

Later, having the opportunity to join a writing group gave me a chance to meet awesome people, and hone my craft. Being part of a writing group keeps me motivated and focused on my writing goals. It has even helped me grow the confidence I needed to start querying literary agents, getting me one step closer to my lifelong goal of becoming a published author." — Courtney K.

"This is a wonderful community at Bardsy, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. Its been instrumental in shaping my soon-to-be-released book, Finding Davy. My writing group offered honest feedback and continual encouragement as I wrote, rewrote, revised, and polished the manuscript. Their input helped me prepare it for querying, and I landed a publisher. I've benefited tremendously from their input and couldn't imagine my next book without them!" — Pamela R.

"On a whim I wrote my first short story. Not long after that I found Bardsy. Two Holiday Anthologies later, I’ve tackled a novella and scripted a radio play among countless short stories. Bardsy writing groups provide encouraging peer feedback. I respect the Bardsy professionals’ critical perspective and the analysis tools they have developed. I would not be writing a novel today were it not for Bardsy." — David D.

"There are serendipitous encounters that result in deflecting life’s course for the better. Coming across Bardsy’s Dreamcatcher Contest during the pandemic was one such event. I had always loved to write but never considered myself as a serious writer, definitely not one who could complete an entire book that had publishing possibilities. Entering the contest—and winning—changed my perspective. The introduction to Bardsy’s world of writing opportunities, anthologies and peer feedback put me on a literary course that I have come to love.

Bardsy’s founders, Adam and Celeste, have significant experience in the literary world and have provided me with valuable guidance. The writing groups at all levels at Bardsy provide advice in an environment that encourages writers while at the same time providing feedback in a positive manner. I have made my way in a couple of years from a novice short story group to one where everyone is working on a book that they want to publish.

I would highly encourage writers at all levels to visit Bardsy and explore their various offerings. As a writer who is currently working on her second book in as many years, I am very thankful that I have Bardsy in my corner. — Kalpana R.

"I can't recommend Bardsy enough. The anthology contest was unique in that I received comprehensive feedback (a value far surpassing the $20 entry fee), and I had a chance to resubmit. As a new writer, I've struggled to find critique and support from real writers. In my Bardsy group, I've finally found practical and honest advice. I'm confident that I will actually finish my work in progress!" — Julie K.

"Working with Bardsy has been a fantastic experience. I’ve received kind and constructive feedback on my writing with actionable advice that has made a huge difference in the quality of my work. Group meetings have given me a different perspective on my novel, which was much needed. I would highly recommend fledgling writers consider how Bardsy can help them, either by joining as a member or by entering a contest." — Andrew W.

"Bardsy is a wonderful program for both new and experienced writers looking to hone their craft. They offer timely feedback that challenges you to think outside of the box, and their group discussions are easy-going and constructive, helping you to shape your story into the best version it can be." — Kevin D.
"I always wanted to write a novel, but the entire process felt daunting. I had an idea, but didn’t have the confidence to approach a full novel. I was sending stories out all over the place and getting nothing but rejection slips. I had no idea how to improve my writing skills. But then I found Bardsy.

The Character Anthology Contest gave me the opportunity to explore my characters and receive actionable feedback to help me improve. Since the contest, I’ve written 45,000 words, and I’ve noticed my writing has improved with every chapter thanks to the feedback from my writing group. If you’re feeling stuck and losing confidence in your writing, I highly recommend Bardsy." — Nicholas D.

"Bardsy is a positive supportive group of people who love to write. It's a great place to learn how to write or improve your writing no matter what level you are at. It is an outlet where you know you are going to have people read your writing." — Lori B.

"When I first heard of Bardsy, I was skeptical of their live coaching and writers’ groups. Honestly, it just felt like a way to take my money without any results. How wrong could I be?!

I have received amazing personal coaching that has improved my writing and helped keep me motivated. My coach has given me actionable steps to take in improving my query letter and finding an agent. And my writers’ group has given me honest, impartial feedback that I have needed and craved.

The result is that my writing is better, my scenes are tighter, and I now have a trusting community to turn to that is devoted to helping me succeed as an author." — Stacey C.

"My experience with Bardsy has been wonderful. Not only was I able to achieve a long-sought-after goal of having one of my stories published as an anthology winner, but the feedback I have received from the two contests I have entered has been invaluable. As an Elite workshop member, I receive guidance from their exceptional editorial staff and my fellow writing peers. The workshop is fun to participate in and helps me with focus, content and deadlines." — Christine R.

"As I grew older, I found that it became more difficult to participate in writing classes and/or writing groups. I had been published several times over the course of my varied career and I had become complacent. I was frustrated until I came across Bardsy.

In joining Bardsy, I discovered a different approach to my writing. My facilitator and group members are very supportive. Their comments have been valuable in developing a writing approach that accomplishes what I want to say. I’ve found a new voice. I need to add that I am computer illiterate but they are always there to help. I recommend this organization for its professionalism, its attention to nurturing the writing personality and its ability to coordinate needs: education and camaraderie. And yes, we writers need both." — Lillian H.

"I found Bardsy when I was at a loss with my writing. I knew I wanted to write and that I had stories inside, but I had lost all motivation and direction. With Bardsy I found the motivation and resources to help me get out of my rut. I have really enjoyed the bi-weekly writing groups. They have held me accountable and kept me writing. I love getting feedback from the people in my group. It has helped me to grow and improve my writing. I have finally found the writing community that is supportive and helps writers grow." — Jessica F.

"I discovered Bardsy a year ago and have attended both group and individual sessions. Each time, I have learned valuable lessons about the writing craft that I have applied to my work. The review process includes a scoring system that provides writers with a focused view of areas that need improvement. I have also been rewarded by reading the developing works of great writers with unique styles and voices, who in turn offer their impressions of my work." — Tunji O.

"As a new (fiction) writer, being selected as a runner-up in the Bardsy anthology competition was a huge boost to my confidence and has inspired me to continue working hard on editing my book draft. I’m grateful for the honest feedback and think that heeding those suggestions improved the quality of my work." — Tamar R.

"Whether you are a brand new writer learning how to get your thoughts on paper, want a venue to express yourself, or you are a more experienced writer like me who is trying to hone their skills and make that craft the best you can, Bardsy has something for you." — Albert W.

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