Happy 300?

For my 300th (actually 302nd) article on the Medium platform, I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far …

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Gerard Butler in “300”

Rules I Follow on Medium

First, I’m not big on rules (yeah, I’m one of those pains in the asses) as I always prefer to make my own way.

  • Honesty. In my opinion, even when writing fiction and exposing a point of view, a reader will always know when you are being disingenuous. Be honest with your thoughts, and the words you share in public.
  • Leave a legacy. The internet lives forever; your work can always be found with a simple Google search. If Medium ever goes out of business, you can still be read via cache. My late father used to tell me, “Life is too short.” I agree. I’m 56 now, happily married with a four-legged hairy daughter named KOKO (a boxer-pit and our “Double Knockout”) and no human kids. My legacy will be through my writing — my articles, novels and screenplays. I never post, or write anything, “for the hell of it.”
  • Write what you want to write. Be free. Let your readers follow. If you are in this game only for the money, well, there’s nothing wrong with that. In that event, read as many articles on this platform that you can regarding real earnings and methods to achieve them, and go from there.
  • Take pride in your work. I’m as guilty of the occasional grammar slip as anyone. Still, proofread your work before posting. Your reputation follows, you know.
  • Set goals. Whether your goals here are for your Medium work to become your full-time writing income, or you intend to use the platform to trigger your writing life and career towards other end goals (public speaking, exposure), set those goals then do what you must to meet them. Such as, a) write, with no excuses, b) set a number of views and reads you expect for yourself on a daily basis, and share your Medium pieces on Facebook, Twitter, news.ycombinator.com, Quora, Reddit, Mix, Instagram and others, and c) begin a newsletter while building your audience. As you can see below, I am just beginning one on Substack.com. Check it out.

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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