So you’d like a writing career, eh? It sounds fun. Right? Just post a few articles on Medium a couple of times a week, and you could be making up to 10K a month while fulfilling your dreams of being a writer. You see visions of yourself sipping espresso in a café, dressed head to toe in black with a copy of Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning next to you while you ponder the larger questions of life and put the answers into coherent sentences for your audience so they know the them too.
The reality is, it…
Since keeping a journal as a child, I’ve considered myself a writer, long before being paid a dime. But not until I made an income from my work did I take a closer look at some things in my life that were holding me back from greater success.
I knew I had to make some changes and even give up some habits to gain the kind of success I want to see from my efforts.
Rejection doesn’t feel good. It is a hit to our self-esteem. We tend to take it personally, so we do anything to avoid rejection. Even…
Somerset Maugham was asked if he wrote on a schedule or only when inspiration struck. He answered, “I write only when inspiration strikes,” he replied. “Fortunately, it strikes every morning at 9:00 o’clock sharp.”
That’s a pro.
“Maugham reckoned another, deeper truth: that by performing the mundane physical act of sitting down and starting to work, he set in motion a mysterious but infallible sequence of events that would produce inspiration, as surely as if the goddess had synchronized her watch with his.” — Steven Pressfield
While the professional may write for love, the amateur writes for fun and waits…
Resistance comes in all forms. Procrastination, fear, sabotage by loved ones, self-sabotage, doubt, lack of esteem. It comes in many disguises the novice doesn’t see coming. To avoid writing, we do laundry, clean our keyboard, check the price of Bitcoin just one more time, look in the fridge for another snack, peek at what’s trending on Twitter, clear notifications from Facebook, take the dog for a walk, the list goes on. You’ll know when you turn from amateur writer to professional when you stare resistance in the face each morning and sit down to write anyway.
In the short term…
I see a lot of frustration about Medium in groups and chat rooms. I get it. It’s a tough place to stand out. 65,000 writers joined Medium in 2020, the competition is stiff. There are many great writers here, which doesn’t mean you can’t be one of them.
One way to keep writing is to accept that you are a writer, even if you aren’t earning money yet. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep striving to become a better writer who earns. But what an excellent opportunity to learn out loud. You don’t need an agent or a…
Unlike other writers, I don’t have a problem with readers highlighting one word in an essay of 1,500 words. As long as you read my writing, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read one word I wrote or all 1,500. But it is curious.
At first, I thought readers were highlighting only words that were misspelled, prompting me to frantically look up said word that I was sure was spelled correctly. I’d stare at the word on google for a few seconds making sure I saw the letters correctly while blinking a few times. Every time I looked…
I love Seth Godin’s newsletters. They are usually very short. Refreshingly so. No links, no sales, no bs. They are so brief I read them. They require so little investment from me — just a few moments of my time — and in return, I receive a great value.
It’s probably not completely original.
It’s probably not breathtaking in scope.
It’s probably not immediately popular.
But… it’s definitely worth pursuing, consistently and persistently for years and years.
If you care. If it’s generous and helpful and worth the journey.
All the big ideas that made a difference follow this pattern.
Trust is everything on the internet. Whether you are teaching something or inspiring someone through story, trustworthiness builds authority and, thus, a loyal tribe of readers.
Because there are so many shysters on the internet. Scammers, hyperbolists, con men — people who are just out for themselves to make a quick buck.
Which is good for you, the writer.
Because if you can write an ethical blog post — one that delivers quality content or sells a product you believe and are confident in — you’ll stand out as a trustworthy content creator and do better than 99% of…
Success in writing is a fickle mistress. There are so many variables to creating a hit that goes “viral.” SEO, timing, material, what is going on in the ethos, and a bit of luck.
Stats are the bane of my creative pursuits.
I keep ignoring the advice I give to newbie writers (I’m included in that category) not to focus on stats. Lately, I’ve been checking on them against my better judgment, directly affecting my output and attitude. When I focus on stats, I don’t want to write. …
If you want to write words that get read, you need to grab your readers’ attention. And keep them there. This article is about how to do that. You want to write so that you motivate the reader to read all the way to the end of your post and then, take action.
We are all at our own pace in our writing practice.
Keep in mind that it’s a deliberate practice, and writing takes work. Below is an excerpt from one of the best books on writing, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott.
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