The Dragons, the dreamers and me: writing for an idea v. writing for money.
I got hooked on Dragons Den and Shark Tank recently. It’s a genuine reality show, but I identify with the poor contestants who agree to get their moment of fame at the risk of rejection and humiliation recorded for the world to see. …
Thinning of the ranks; writers dropping out of Medium.
Other writers have noticed it. I think Judy Derby wrote an article on it a few weeks ago, about how people she’s been reading were dropping out, sometimes giving notice to their readers, sometimes not. …
The Great Weeding; watching followers vanish.
It doesn’t instill confidence, I can tell you that. Most of the people I follow have in the low four figures of followers. Some have low five figures, and some are higher. I like reading what they think of and what they write, and only one or two have advice…
The myth of privileged writers; what the great ones did to succeed.
I’ve always had the illusion that writers have to devote at least some time to researching their articles here. Especially if some fact you highlight is a central point of your article. Well, my mistake. There was an article today about how white writers, male writers in particular, have had…
When we travel to the US, we see the ads on TV for pharmaceuticals.
When we travel to the US, we see the ads on TV for pharmaceuticals. They all say, "tell your doctor about them." As if he doesn't know. And they have meds for everything, for COPD, for arthritis, for depression, everything. You really see what's going on when you come from a different country.
I live in Canada, so maybe my experience is different.
I live in Canada, so maybe my experience is different. I was in real pain before my two hip replacements. Getting out of my van, I would calculate which was less steps, walking by the front or by the back of the vehicle. I winced with every step, and my world was shrinking. Then I had my replacements, a few weeks of relatively easy rehab, and I had a pain-free life. I have no regrets. So before you print some alarmist articles you found, ask some people who went through it. It can change your life.
Oh! Wow, that’s a lot of work
As it should be, I think of this platform as part writing on spec and part internship.
As it should be, I think of this platform as part writing on spec and part internship. It takes a while to hit your stride and to look carefully at your work. I had an editor a while ago, one that I paid for, and that made a difference. She taught me to look for extra words and sentences, and I took those lessons to heart.