10 Writing Tips To Publish Consistently Like Professionals

Asmita Karanje


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What do Shannon Ashley, Ayodeji Awosika, Tim Denning, Brian Rowe, and several others have in common? They are all prolific writers on Medium who have achieved fame and success on the platform because of the content they create. I attempted to study their work, their stories, and their strategies.

Here are 10 simple strategies that you can employ right away

1) They write, write and write

They publish a lot of articles. Period. They have written for several years now. Most of them have been writing even before they started on Medium. What happens when you practice tennis since age six? You become a prolific tennis player. It holds good for writers too. The more you write, the easier it becomes.

There is no shorter route to success than practicing the art each day every day until you master it.

We all love the outcome. We love that green notification on our app, and we get fixated to check how our earnings are trending. We love to have our content go viral, but we need to enjoy the process equally. The process is tough and grueling, and it truly tests your patience. If there were a formula for success, everyone would be at the top. People would love you for the value you create, the content you share, but not the other way round.

Statistics would follow if you follow your heart to pursue the art — write each day, write a little better the next day, and a little better the day after. In order to write, you will have to read as well.

Read from other fellow writers, give back to the community, comment on other’s articles, create a sustainable practice for yourself.

Pursue the skills they have, money would follow

2) They market themselves as a brand

If you look at their profile, you will find one remarkably easy-to-spot similarity; they sell themselves. They have created their niches, and they proudly market that self-image. They are fearless in showing their true selves.

3) Their writing reflects a lot of their personality

They write about their life stories, and if you read their articles, it isn’t the takeaway that matters, it’s their story, the emotion that resonates with their readers. For example, Shannon Ashley and Shaunta Grimes—two writers who have written extensively about their journey as writers, their income from writing, their writing struggles in their previous lives.

They have written openly about social issues such as mental health issues, depression, single parenting, etc. They write on a broad range of topics, and that gives them a wide range of audiences who can connect with them at a personal level.

They aren’t the editors of high-end magazines, but they made it right to the top with very humble beginnings, and that’s what connects their readers (including myself, as I am a big fan of their writing) to them.

4) They write, edit, re-write, improvise, research a lot on their content

Ok, this again might not be true for all the writers and all of their writings. Some are heartfelt essays written in under an hour and some others require a lot of research and data collection.

It may not be apparent when you first look at their content. When you read their articles and read them carefully, you understand how effortlessly they write; it shows the effort that goes into that kind of writing. That maturity of writing good content and sustaining it, can’t be replicated by writing a few articles or by having one piece go viral. You have to be persistent over the years.

That’s when you get the flow of content, you get the right words to convey your message, and develop the skill for honest story-telling.

5) They have a writing system outside of ‘Medium’

They all have their website, subscription form, and email list. It allows them to share their upcoming work — a novel, a book, a collection of their essays, podcasts, etc. the avenues of utilizing your website are endless. Start small — start with creating a website. It is super easy.

I have created mine using Bluehost as the hosting site and WordPress as the add-in to publish my articles. It took two days to fully configure it, install the right theme and customize it. When I had completed it, I was happy as a puppy. I have used it predominantly to publish my articles on a parallel platform.

And having full ownership of that platform would help me in building a scalable model. I plan to use it more for creating the subscriber base and utilizing it for affiliate marketing.

6) They have more than one forum/channel to publish themselves

They don’t restrict their art to Medium alone. They write in a lot of different places. Some of them have grown as Quora writers. Todd Brison has more than 2Mn views on Quora, writes for Time, Inc. and CNBC. Or check out @Brianna Wiest who posts small excerpts from her writing on Instagram. They write on other platforms to grow their subscriber base and also to diversify their earnings.

Just in case you get fired from Medium — is that a possibility? I don’t know but we should ask some popular ex-Medium authors like Michael Spencer — a very famous author on Medium who was one of the early starters on this platform. He suddenly disappeared and now writes for Linkedin. Wonder why? So, it’s always wise to diversify into different platforms to have multiple income streams.

When you are starting your writing journey focus on one, but as you grow, leverage different platforms to mitigate the risk of one of them shutting down on you. Most of them have written a book or are in the process of writing one.

7) They are dedicated towards writing

Whether they write full-time or part-time, they spend a considerable amount of time on writing. They all have different productivity system but they have set-up a routine which allows them to create quality content each day.

8) They all have a backstory

Story of how they haven’t done well in their previous lives or their struggles as a budding artist. They have shown that struggles are real, but so is a success. And, if you are to tread that path, success is yours. Their backstory helps them build their profile and portfolio of work. What’s your story?

9) They all write for a publication

They don't publish in any of the Medium-owned publications such as Gen, Zora, Elemental, or others. They publish in other big well-known publications like The Startup or P.S. I Love You or Better marketing.

10) Tried and tested works

It may be a cliche, but it still works. Tried and tested titles are like ageless wine. They refuse to die. People find value in them, and so they work more often than not. These were the top 10 tactics that I found out about these writers and what I have learned so far from following and reading their life stories on Medium.

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Thinker, self-experimenter, and a newbie writer. I write about personal growth, socio-political issues, and career advice.

Dallas, TX

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