Since I started writing I have been amazed at the advice and support I have received from others. Writers who are well established never worry about you taking readers from them. Instead, they support you, answer your questions and share their experience. The advice has always helped a great deal, not only with my writing career but personally.
At the end of last year, I decided to try something different. I have been involved in many group articles, such as the 40 things I love and 40 things I hate. You know the type I suppose the more mature writer, would call them chain letters. I have had great fun with all of … Continue reading Writing Friendships Are an Essential Part of a Writer’s Life.
Why as a reader you should be supporting other writers. As a writer, you can share your wisdom through your writing tips and stories of success. As a reader though you hold all the power. Think about your favourite author. You buy their books, pre-order their new editions and recommend their books. You as the reader have the power to make or break an author. The easiest way to thank these authors for their amazing work is by leaving a positive review. How many of you do this for every read? This reader power is also true on Medium. The first change we saw on Medium was for reading time to be converted into payment. This system personally changed the reader in me. I stopped skim reading and started digesting the work of others.
Fiction is notoriously hard to market. However, there are many authors that make a good living from writing fictions. Many platforms are moving towards non-fiction articles. Medium is one platform, that has clearly moved away from fiction and poetry. If you are serious about writing you have to adapt and change. If you are a fiction writer or poet what can you do?
Writing applications can be an expensive business. As this is my side-hustle and I have a family to support, I can’t afford to spend money. Here are the applications that I use. Although many offer a paid version, the reviews are for the free versions. These are my honest views and not sponsored by any company.
A commonplace book is a resource or collection of idea’s, quotes, and observations. Commonplace books are believed to have been around since antiquity. Guides to writing a commonplace book, date back as early as the 17th century. The purpose is to keep hidden gems for use later. The commonplace book does not have to be a notebook but could be a series of index cards. The project is as individual as the writer. It could even be a board on Pinterest if you enjoy technology. I prefer to take notes and then add them later, you might have another method. Again this is down to the individual choice.
Recently I received an email from one of my newsletter subscribers. She told me, she would be leaving my newsletter. It was a pleasant friendly email, where we agreed to keep in touch through emails. The reasons for leaving my newsletter was because she wasn’t a Medium member so wasn’t reading the posts I shared. This led me to think how limiting writing for Medium is. When we pursue one platform only we are limiting our followers to that platform only. So I went on a search for another writing platform. I expected to find a platform similar to Medium, but not as advanced. What I did find surprised me.