Why subscribe to ReidItWrite?

Hi there. I’m Johnathan Reid.

Thank you for visiting my writer showcase, which I use to share my passion for words and ideas, and to connect with other curious minds.

I write a weekly newsletter that cycles through various forms of prose and poetry writing, mostly adopting a common speculative theme of human society’s near-future evolution. I also provide insights and reflections on my ongoing novel writing and creative process.

There’s a detailed breakdown of my writing below. If you haven’t already done so, then feel free to subscribe now!

One version of me.

Science Fiction

This is the genre much of my writing falls into, so I’ve created a dedicated list for sci-fi fans to dive into.

Flash Fiction

These pieces are a veritable hotch-potch of prompts, triggers and random thoughts turned into prose. Variety is the spice of life. They might mirror my thinking about a topic or be utterly fantastical. Treat them like Momma Gump’s chocolate box.

Short Stories

Here they are - just for you. Take your pick from a variety of flavours: cathartic, futuristic, erotic or satirical. A few of them have won accolades at a regional or national level.


I send fresh, original poems to you every month. My readers have told me they might variously laugh, cry or sigh on reading them. I’ve also had some minor public successes (see here and here).

I find poetry comes from deeper within the heart, exposing you to the world more intimately than fictional prose. It’s a necessary thing for any poet to get used to, a consequence of choice, nerves sometimes tingling, other times wracked.

Serialised Fiction

This is currently a gap in my Substack portfolio. How big, I’m still not sure. I continue to watch, read and learn from those offering this interesting alternative to the traditional novel. If you do crave for it to be filled by my writing, then please let me know. I’ll of course keep you posted if or when that happens.


My novels are the elephants in my study. Portions of them sometimes prematurely escape into my subscribers’ inboxes. I’m querying my first novel with agents (it’s first 500 words beat 1500 other writers onto a shortlist in a respected competition); the second I’m deep into the first draft; the third is currently only an outline.

They are the (mostly) hidden beasts which have dominated my thoughts for the past few years. ‘Start out with smaller pieces’, they said. ‘Don’t give up the day job’, they said. ‘Just write what you know’, they said. I dismissed all of that, learnt the basics of (and will forever refine) my craft, and continue to ignore the enormity of the challenge I’ve set myself.

I hope the above summary convinces you to subscribe to my weekly output in all its various forms.

Don’t forget, all my subscribers currently receive my writing for free, even the updates on my author journey and longer pieces of fiction. You’re also able to browse all of my archived posts (since April 2020!) By subscribing you don’t need to worry about missing future newsletters. They’ll all be sent directly to your inbox.

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Writing prose and poetry as both speculation on future society and commentary on my author journey.


Speculative fiction and poetry writer. A humanist, skeptic & futurist (who knows how to plot). Prefers thoughts to prayers. Not frozen yet.