Writing On Medium: Writer’s Block; Choose Your Income

A week ago I wrote about beginning a three-month experiment writing on Medium.

I’ve written Medium posts on most days this past week. Check them out on my profile page.

Several readers have asked about Medium’s paywall and how it works. Basically the paywall is there so Medium can pay writers.

From the Help section:

Readers on Medium who aren’t yet paying members may encounter a metered paywall… There are no ads on Medium, so our business is built on the value we provide readers through subscriptions. That means we can pay writers…

What I’ve noticed a week after consistent writing on Medium

Becoming familiar with writing on Medium was my focus this week. Although I’ve had a Medium account for years, I haven’t posted there consistently.

I write all my blog posts in Ulysses; the app does a wonderful job of posting. BTW, If you’d like to use the Ulysses app, or Byword, or iA Writer to post to Medium, you’ll need to request an integration token from Medium’s developers.

Once you’ve got your token, you can post to Medium at a click. Very easy. Of course, you can write on the site itself too. The Medium is editor is a pleasure to use.

Something frustrating I’ve noticed: Medium is complicated.

There’s all sorts of stuff to get familiar with… I should have waited until January to begin this experiment; after the frantic holiday rush of clients’ demands settles.

I need to explore curation, for a start. Here are the curation guidelines. Three of my stories have been curated; but I’ve no idea what that means…

I’ll get around to doing more research in January.

On Medium this week

I won’t post links to everything I post on Medium—just a couple of links I think might be useful to you.

Write, Even If You Think You Can’t (How To Manage Writer’s Block):

If you’re writing fiction, at some stage (for me it’s page 100), you’ll hit the wall. You decide your plot is ridiculous, your characters are worthless cardboard and you’d rather be dead.

Break out the champagne, and have a few celebratory sips. When you hit the wall, salvation is on the other side of it. Take three days off. Refuse to think about your fiction.

Freelancing? Choose Your Income In 2020:

I suggested to my student that what she earned was up to her. In effect, she could choose her own income as a freelancer.

She stared at me for a moment. Then she smiled. “I never thought of looking at it that way.”

Are you writing on Medium?

Let me know, I’d love to read your stories. 🙂

 

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