I’m not an expert on writing myself. Writing for me was a hobby that I adopted during the lockdown in 2020. I had a rough start on Medium in May, but soon after, I was able to find one of the right paths to develop my writings.
Ok! here is my story first, and after that, I’ll explain to you the steps to follow. I’ll try my best to make it as fun as possible — I promise.
I started writing on Medium in May 2020. I wrote only two stories in my first month; one story was published with Illumination, and the other was posted on Making of a Millionaire.
I spent the majority of my first-month understanding how Medium works. I focused my time on reading articles and stories about writing on Medium. Basically, I ventured into the mechanics of Medium. I learned about publications and how to submit stories for them, story formatting and guidelines, titles, subtitles, white space, and, believe it or not, I also learned about personal branding and marketing.
In June, I wrote nine stories. None of those stories was distributed or curated by Medium. I felt discouraged by this fact, but I’ve decided to continue and write further. I’ve decided to start using Grammarly, and it changed the game. I would recommend to any new writer to start using the free version of Grammarly — I’m not affiliated with Grammarly, this is just a piece of friendly advice.
I found my rhythm in July. I wrote up to 20 articles this month. And I got my first curation in July as well.
I wrote a short story about one of my favorite video games of all time, and I searched Medium for a suitable publication, and I’ve found Super jump. The editors in Superjump took their time in editing my story. They taught me how to write better just by taking the time to edit my submissions.
Post ideas were flooding in my head. Every time I got an idea, I immediately opened the Medium app on my mobile phone and wrote the story's title, so the idea doesn't get lost. In August, I started submitting stories for more prominent publications, and my acceptance rate in these notable publications was higher than 60%.
In October 2020, some of my stories started going viral. It was mainly stories about finance or tech. It was stories about Bitcoin and the new iPhone. These articles went viral because of the hype surrounding these in the time period.
I also started publishing almost all of my stories either on my publications or as self-publish. Recently, and from my Medium’s posts, I got the chance to write for other entities as a content writer.
Now, that was my story. Let’s go through my advice for you.
My advice for new writers
Nr. 1: Start small and understand how Medium works
Read more and write less. Learn different styles from other writers, find and understand the audience for your niche. Don’t get discouraged if your viewers’ number is low in the beginning — great things start small too.
Use the free version of Grammarly to spellcheck your writings.
Nr. 2: Write for a small niche publication
Once you have learned to navigate your way through Medium, find a small publication that fits your niche.
Now, let me tell you why this is important.
Editors of small niche publications are searching for posts. At the same time, the editors of large publications are filtering posts. This means that a small publication will take the time to edit or suggest modifications to your submission. In contrast, a bigger publication will reject your submission because they have many submissions to choose from.
I’m not saying do not try to submit to a big publication — do not feel bad or discouraged if you get rejected.
Nr. 3: Read big publications’ guidelines and submit to them
Once you have your writing style down, it is time to start submitting for bigger publications. First, read their submissions’ guidelines and adhere to their requirements.
See, submitting a story to a big publication does not grant success or high earning as a writer. It grants exposure, and the rest depends on your story and how others perceive your title and featured image.
Nr 4: Self publish your stories
If the big publications rejected your story, maybe it is time to self-publish the story.
Editors across Medium regularly review Self-published stories to search for content for their publications.
One of my stories was even featured by a Medium’s publication after I self-published the story. You can check my story here:
Tech YouTubers Are Cashing In on Bogus ‘Problems,’ Like the MagSafe-Jeans Controversy
The lies gadget reviewers tell for clicks
Many of my self-published stories were published later on in The Startup, Curious, Blank Page, and codeX. The editors of these publications asked for my stories to be included in their pubs.
Nr. 5: Start a publication
Starting a publication is not an easy task. You need to get traffic towards your publication, and the internet is like the wild wild west.
After you self-publish a story for a while, and if no editors asked for your story, just put it inside your own publication if it fits the niche.
After a while, maybe you want to include more writers in your publication. Any story published to your publication attract traffic towards your publication — it is a win-win situation.
Nr. 6: Keep on learning
Learning is a cycle that never ends. You are never an expert; you are always a student.
Medium and the internet is dynamic; it keeps on changing. See the changes and learn to adapt your writing and style based on these changes.