A Rant: Medium For Writers Includes A Lot Of Pablum

Doug Green
Nov 20 · 2 min read
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I’ve been reading a lot of “How To Succeed At Being A Writer” type of posts as I work to understand what is popular on Medium.

To be frank, I’m struggling with this kind of post because what I see as being popular in the writing genre here is — imho — so much pablum.

“Feel good” posts abound and spending my time reading these marks me as either a newbie writer or someone new to Medium.

Is The Advice Here Wrong?

Well, let me say some advice I’ve read isn’t “wrong” but it sure isn’t complete. Much of what I’m reading seems compiled from a few sources. And then massaged into a short how-to article.

So Then

Yes, I am a full-time writer, and yes I still have a lot to learn. I emphasize this to point out I’m a subject content expert in one topic, but it’s not writing.

This is what I do. And what I’d recommend you do.

Read these books cover to cover, make notes, and put their advice into practice.

After you’ve done this:

  • Write a million words.
  • Reread all six books–highlight the useful passages.
  • Write another million words.
  • Review your highlights.
  • Write ass off.
  • Repeat.

And stop reading the fluff.

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Former nurseryman, now writer and curious about what’s over the next hill and how to get there in either my Triumph Spitfire or sailboat.

The Syncretic Mind Of Author Douglas Green

Author Douglas Green’s blog where he writes about writing, longevity, books and whatever else strikes his syncretic mind.

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