I Never Want to Be a One-Hit Wonder
But one hit would be wonderful
If you are looking to find success with your writing, here on Medium or elsewhere, as I am, then you have to gather your passion, strength and patience. You must be willing to give more than you take.
This is the long haul, the marriage, and the momentum you build one piece of writing at a time. Writing is hard work, as I remind myself and my writing students, on the days we just feel like we can’t get the words out. Sometimes we need to acknowledge the mental and emotional exhaustion that comes from hard work.
I am a relatively new writer on Medium, and many more Medium-seasoned writers can give you their advice on how to make this platform really work for you. I am sharing my own experience in the hopes to encourage other writers:
We are doing the hard work. And we just cannot stop.
As poetry and short-form writing are my main genres (I am working on it Xavier Van Holde!), I would be shocked to see one of my poems actually “go viral.” I do not know if that is even possible on this platform. But really readers, why aren’t you reading more poetry?
You and I have seen the numbers. We can all be in awe of the $8000 earning story. To me that seems like looking at the PowerBall billboard this morning. What if? Would I stop teaching? Would I even want to work? What if I hit the viral post jackpot? Would I quit writing? Would I say — there I have succeeded!?
Earning more for my writing would certainly help out. Just like you, my bills are piling up. I keep wondering if I could write a viral story and boom! I would finally have financial security!
Usually momentum does not happen like that.
Keep your passion for writing.
When self-doubt creeps in, and oh, does it ever, you have to remember why you started. You have to remember that writing is your passion. It has to be. Otherwise, why would we spend hours putting words together for a dollar or two? For me, writing is what keeps me going. I notice more about the world. I stay more awake to my aliveness. Yes, I wish I could have one original thought in my head, but at least I can write down the thoughts I have. The collective unconsciousness of this time in our world is worth exploring, from every perspective. And in that way we are all unique in our art.
Gather your strength for the long haul.
There will be downs and many ups as well. Focus on the positivity and the rest will follow. Writing on Medium is not for the faint of heart. We just have to be strong and keep the faith. We must believe what we are saying and share that with the world. We must be prepared to fail. We also must be willing to write anyway.
Gather your patience.
This is not a get rich quick gig. What is? I mean really? Put in the work. Put in more work. Do not be satisfied with one big hit, if and when it comes. Be ready to be bored. Be ready to be inspired. Get comfortable, because we are all going to be here a long time.
If nothing else, keep going because you love writing and writers, and you want to give!
You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love. — Cheryl Strayed
I believe we all are here to share with each other. Language is a gift. Our connection to each other should be a viral success. There is no pricetag on that. Keep writing. Share the love!
© Samantha Lazar 2020
Thank you for reading. I’m a teaching and writing mom. I write poetry, fiction, and essays in celebration of being a Mom, Wife, Educator, Writer, & Lover of Life. ❤POMpoet❤ Follow my 2020 Sky Collection Project, and subscribe to my newsletter to keep up to date!
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