If you are open, the universe will conspire to bring you the right book at the right time — when you need it.
A friend will suggest a book to you, or it’s sitting on a table at a yard sale, or the cover catches your eye as you walk by the endcap in your favorite bookstore. A book will come across your path right when you are ready to meet it when the wisdom within its pages speaks to a particular problem you’re struggling to solve.
I feel fortunate for books that find me at just the right time and spell out ways to simplify my life and underscore my values. Magic happens when you are open to learning something new and ready to take it in and implement its wisdom into your life. …
If you’re having trouble establishing a writing habit, it may be because you don’t think of yourself as a writer. Call yourself a writer first. This may sound silly. You may be thinking, “well, I only make a few dollars from writing,” or even a few cents. That doesn’t matter; if you write, you are a writer.
Start with the name.
I’ve been writing every day for over a year and made money after the first month. But I’ve always considered myself a writer. Even when I was writing in a journal daily for my own satisfaction.
Identifying with the word “writer” is the first step to creating a writing habit that sticks. When we identify with a value we see in ourselves — or we want to see in ourselves — it gives our habits a more significant impact. …
I recently read a post from a writer who said she was thinking about leaving Medium because she wasn’t seeing the monetary success she thought she should be enjoying by now. It was kind of depressing. I thought, wow, that sucks. She must be putting in a ton of effort and getting no results.
After all, Medium is getting crowded. About 65,000 writers joined in 2020 alone.
then I scrolled further down the post and read the comment section. I learned the writer published under ten articles on Medium.
She thought she’d be making a splash after publishing less than ten articles in a month…her first month out. …
I waited a week after Wednesday’s insurrection to contact my dad. After the violent images beamed worldwide of extremists storming the Capitol to stop the certification of the election, I thought, at least this will prompt my conservative father to choose country over party, and rejoin me in reality and see Donald Trump for the authoritarian that he is.
My father thinks Antifa was responsible for the Capitol insurrection last Wednesday to overthrow the US Government.
Despite Trump flags, confederate flags, MAGA hats with the words “Civil War” stitched on them atop of the heads of the Capitol’s rioters, my dad insists they were Antifa. …
On Friday, Twitter permanently banned President Trump from its service “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Twitter said in a blog post that President Trump’s personal @realDonalTrump account, which has more than 88 million followers, would be shut down immediately.
Twitter justified its move by saying two tweets by Trump violated its “Glorification of Violence,” policy, “which aims to prevent the glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts,” and said it “determined that they were highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.” …
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.
People tend to look at successful writers, writers who are getting their books published and maybe even doing well financially, and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; that they take in a few deep breaths, push back their sleeves, roll their necks a few times to get all the cricks out, and dive in, typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter. But this is just the fantasy of the uninitiated. I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts. …
As protesters circled the House chamber, Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, yelled out to Republicans: “Call Trump, tell him to call off his revolutionary guards.”
This was the scene as pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol, paraded up the stairs, broke windows, stormed past guards, and marched into the halls, halting the certification of the Electoral College vote. After breaking windows and entering the Senate, the President urged on Twitter to “stay peaceful.”
According to The New York Times,
The entire Senate was hurried into the Capitol basement by uniformed police officers. Swarms of protesters roamed the halls, taking photos and breaking into offices. A man was smoking pot in a room where there were photos of mountains and maps of Oregon on the wall. A man put a framed photo of the Dalai Lama in his backpack. …
I have been writing consistently on Medium for about a year and some change. While I’ve seen dips here and there when the algorithm changes, I consistently make close to 4K a month for the last six.
I didn’t look at my stats for the first year because I wanted to concentrate on quality writing.
Recently, I’ve been publishing on News Break, I went back into my archives and read my first work on Medium, and some of it was downright awful. I had a hard time reading it. Even with mediocre writing, I hit the $100 a month demarcation line my second month on the platform. …
Medium is getting crowded. Publications are getting crowded. One-line paragraphs are still over-used.
But I’m staying here.
There’s money to be made and an audience to be created.
As a content creator, Medium is a great place to not just make a good chunk of money each month but to gain an audience.
Have you been giving all you’ve got to creating content for a while, only to see little traction and earnings that aren’t that substantial? I understand this. I wrote every day for three straight months until I wrote something that took off.
It happens; you just have to keep at it. It won’t happen if you give up. …