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I write on Medium exclusively from my tablet and phone.

Shannon Ashley
Mar 19, 2019 · 7 min read
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I utilize BOTH the (desktop) website and the app... on my phone.

Personally, I’d say that both the app and website are pretty straightforward. What you see is what you get.

Why yes, I DO have about 100 tabs open at all times....

When I use the website, it is always the desktop site.

From a mobile device, the default is always the mobile website. You’ve got to override that default for more functionality.

It's easier to remove an image with the app.

But it’s easiest to input an image caption from the web.

BTW, there's no need for ugly links.

So... I see a lot of writers here who copy and paste links in their stories without actually hyperlinking them. It makes me sad.

Here are a couple of other formatting tricks you'll need for the desktop site.

When you write on Medium from the website, there's a little pop-up box that only comes up when you select a word. You can still access that pop-up when you're using a mobile device. You just need to hit another button like the symbols or uppercase arrow after you select the text.

There are the beautiful formatting options you've been looking for...

I don’t type, so much as Swype.

Both my tablet and phone keyboards are set to “Swype.” That means I trace (or drag) my finger across the keyboard to spell each word.

I only use my tablet when I’m at home in my “work mode.”

That means the bulk of my stories are written with a stylus from my tablet. But anytime I’m on the go or trying to write a story from bed, you can bet I’m using my phone and swyping with my finger.

If you're not sure about something on Medium, don't be afraid to experiment.

The truth is that I got myself set up on Medium last April without any help. I'm no super duper techie or even web savvy. Yet, I figured out how to write on Medium from my phone and tablet all by myself. That means you can do this too--you've just got to be able to do a little trial and error.

The hardest part of getting my work done is just the personal stuff.

Honestly, Medium itself makes writing and publishing pretty damn easy. It's a helluva lot easier for me to write on Medium, build an audience, and earn a decent living than anything else I've done.


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Single mama, fulltime writer, exvangelical. It's not about being flawless, it's about being honest. Top Writer. shannon.ashley.medium@gmail.com

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