I write for a living, but have recently started writing more for myself
It took me several years to finish my second novel, in part because I write so much for my living, often around 5000 words weekly, plus all the research and planning that goes into the blog posts, articles, white papers, case studies, and other marketing content I write. On top of that, I manage multiple WordPress sites. So I do get a little tapped out. But when I started writing more frequently here on Medium a month or so ago, something liberating started taking place. Ideas and things I’ve wanted to say came flooding out.
Because I make a good living as a writer and marketing person, I don’t write here with hopes of fame and fortune. Nor is it the thrill of publication, having been published many times on nearly all levels (I still like thrill of getting a check!). After many years of pitching and waiting for editorial decisions and then waiting for pieces to appear months after you wrote them, the spontaneity of Medium is empowering. If this piece gets finished today, tomorrow I’ll reread and edit and it will appear that day (I always sit on content and come back to it- You inevitably make some kind of dumb mistake or typo when you’re too close to it). I realize this is not new to those who have been writing here for awhile, but it has opened things up for me.
Blogging for no one
When blogs first appeared I had a blog on Typepad about climate change called Burner Trouble. This was around ten years ago and I wrote a lot of posts related to the early effects of climate change on the economy, personal lives, weather, technology, etc. It was ahead of its time and I was energized. Until I realized that no one was reading it. The ability to see exactly how many people are reading a piece, completion rates, and interest by subject matter contributes to my current enthusiasm. Will it last? Somehow I think so.
I write novels for myself but that’s a different animal
Since I learned how to actually finish a novel, after many false starts, I have had at least one in the works. But the commercial writing regimen I mentioned earlier used up the gas in the tank on too many days. If you don’t write every day, especially on a long form piece, it will likely never get finished. But there’s been another effect of Medium at work here: I’m back on a schedule with my fiction with one novel in rewrite mode and another about 100 pages in.
So, thanks Medium.