When I created my own Medium publication at the end of March, I didn’t expect too much.
I thought if I was lucky I could get to 100 followers sometime during the summer. I thought maybe enough people would be interested in my work to make Letters through my own publication worth sending.
I certainly never thought I would gather 1,000 followers in just seven months, holy cow!
I’ve talked on Medium about why you should create your own Medium publication sooner rather than later…
3 Reasons Why You Need to Create Your Own Medium Publication
Something every Medium writer should do is create at least one publication for yourself. Here’s why.
And how to actually create the publication, of course…
How to Create Your Own Medium Publication
So you’ve submitted your Medium stories to other publications, but how do you create your own?
Medium makes it super easy to create a publication and then publish much of your work inside of it day after day, week after week.
Sometimes when it comes to your followers you might not even notice the growth until one day you glance at the number and open your mouth with total shock!
My Medium publication is called Read. Watch. Write. Repeat.
The subtitle is: A Total Immersion in Storytelling. I created Read. Watch. Write. Repeat. in March and have been publishing pieces about books, film, and writing in there ever since…
The title has been my motto for a successful creative life. When I started an MFA in Creative Writing in 2015, I decided to do three things every day. Read a little. Watch a little. Write a little. Then repeat every day after that. I realized that I was at my happiest when I was at my most creative, and incorporating all three of these things daily has been my jam ever since.
I often try to read a little fiction and a little nonfiction every day. Sometimes I only get ten to fifteen minutes in of reading. Other days I might read for an hour or longer! I do believe if you want to be a writer you should aim to read at least a few minutes every day.
I also believe to be a good writer you need to watch content as well. This doesn’t mean watching the news or game shows, or even some of your run-of-the-mill TV programming. I love watching television of course but what I often find helps me a lot is watching one film every day.
I learn so much about structure and character and pacing from watching a great film (and sometimes watching a terrible film!) and I also just love movies.
Lastly, I believe you should aim to write for at least an hour every day, seven days a week, if you want to be a professional writer. It’s not enough to write here and there, it’s not enough to write a lot just one or two days a week. Write a little bit (or a lot) every day of the week, and you’ll eventually see success!
So that’s the big idea behind my publication since day one, and I’ve been thrilled with the amount of followers I’ve gathered on my publication month after month.
But I wasn’t quite prepared for this!
At the end of March my publication had 10 followers. And now I’m at more than 1,000!
There’s nothing I’ve really done in the past seven months to promote Read. Watch. Write. Repeat. except publish pieces to the publication every single day.
I often write and publish three new Medium stories a day. Of those, at least one, usually two, are published in Read. Write. Watch. Repeat.
This is just another reason why I believe it’s vital to write and publish at least one new story every day on Medium if you want to do well on this site. Giving your publication followers something new every day will give you the absolute best chance at success.
So if you haven’t done so, start thinking about creating your own publication today, not tomorrow. If you write great content often and keep posting your work to your publication on a daily basis, there’s no telling how many followers you’ll receive in the long run!
Brian Rowe is an author, teacher, book devotee, and film fanatic. He received his MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He writes young adult and middle grade suspense novels, and is represented by Kortney Price of the Corvisiero Agency. You can read more of his work at his website, brianrowebooks.com.