I’m probably missing out on a sure fire thing, too, but I won’t do it.
I won’t tell you:
Write on Medium.
And I see those thousands and thousands of claps clapping all over the multitude of Medium-centered pieces every day. Do I want some of that action?
Oh, you betcha!
Moreover, it’s not as if I haven’t read more than my share of those articles and some of them have been damned helpful like this one by Quincy Larson. Read his stuff and do what he says.
How to write Medium stories people will actually read
More than 30 million people use Medium each month. They come here in search of something worth reading. Something…
Or here’s a good one by maria milojković. Do what Maria does and let me know how it goes.
How to write on Medium to get noticed
Practical advice on how to improve your content writing and find readers.
Then there’s this from one of my favorite writers here on Medium, anna breslin. The woman walks her talk, so yeah, read this and do as she suggests.
How to Write and be Happy on Medium
Reflections on 3 years of writing on the platform from a “top writer”
However, as much really valuable information as I’ve gotten reading these types of articles, the sheer number of “How To” articles and listcicles on Medium makes me a little weary.
But this is why I’m not going to tell you how to write on Medium.
I am not in any way qualified. I have yet to break 10,000 views in 30 days. And that’s after reading stuff like the above.
What I will tell you is to keep writing on Medium. Keep your eyes open for other opportunities to write for money but be aware that no one in the rest of the ever-loving universe is going to pay you to write about whatever your little heart desires. No one. Nowhere.
Write. Right now. Write often. Write about stuff you don’t know about but want to. Write what you want to read. Maybe you subscribed to Medium thinking you’re “just” a reader. Write anyway. Your last six articles on Medium got you about $1.45 and a grand total of 80 claps? Write more. Write different.
As far as I can tell Medium is the first major eliminator of gatekeepers. Just this week my story, “Strategic”, was rejected by another literary journal. And this time I ponied up their $3 submission fee. The day after their “just not a good fit for us” email came I published that story here on Medium and for a 14 minute read, it’s not doing too badly:
I’ve been a fiction writer since I could hold a pencil (ok, crayon) but Medium has opened doors where I thought there were only walls. My essays and opinion pieces do pretty respectably here. Got an opinion or a pet theory or something that makes you want to yell at the top of your lungs? This is the place for that.
Try stuff like this:
And bump me when you do.
I want to read what you write.
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