If you are just getting started on Medium, we don’t blame you for not wanting to write. There is so much content on this platform and it can be difficult to know where to start. The truth is, there are no excuses for why you shouldn’t be writing about your view of the world and sharing your experiences with others.
Instead of feeling guilty about your lack of activity on Medium, spend some time reading what other successful writers have written in the past. You will notice a common theme: everyone makes mistakes when they are first trying to get their work out there, but with perseverance and patience a good piece of writing can eventually take shape. You will also notice the best pieces stand the test of time and are able to evolve with time.
Whether you have an idea, or none at all, here is a list of 10 excuses not to be writing on Medium.
1. I don’t feel qualified to write about this subject matter.
The truth is, most of us feel the same way. Even the most prolific writers on Medium have said they often feel unqualified to write about a specific topic. This is why it is so important to be honest with yourself. Even if you are not an expert in a specific field or topic, you still have something valuable to add. All it takes is practice and persistence to get your voice heard.
2. I don’t have time to write.
If you truly want to be a writer, you will find the time. The great thing about writing on Medium is that it can be done anywhere. You can draft an article in the classroom, on the bus, at lunch or even at home. You just need to make sure you are focused and dedicated to your work.
3. I’m not interested in writing about this topic.
If you are not interested in writing about a certain subject, you probably shouldn’t be doing it. If you want to write a piece that will be read and appreciated, it needs to be something you are passionate about. When your mind is focused on your topic of interest, the words will flow more easily and your creative juices should start to build up.
4. I don’t know how to start writing an article or what information is important to include.
Good writing is not something that comes overnight. The best way to get better at writing is to write a lot. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. There are thousands of articles on Medium that have inspired us along the way and helped us become better writers. Once you understand how others have structured their pieces and laid out their key points, you will be able to start with a framework in mind. Then all you will need to focus on is content creation, which comes more naturally with time and practice.
5. I don’t have any followers so it won’t be worth my time to write.
Just because you don’t have a large amount of followers, doesn’t mean you are a bad writer. If your writing is solid and you are putting in the time and effort to make improvements, this will help you gain more traction. The best way to gain followers on Medium is by building up a strong following and publishing good quality pieces of writing. We recommend taking the time to look at other successful writers on Medium and learning from them. We also encourage you to be honest with yourself about how good your content really is. There is a lot of mediocre content on this platform which makes it hard for new writers to stand out.
6. I don’t think my views would be interesting to others.
Don’t sell yourself short. Everyone’s opinion matters and people are interested in hearing what you have to say. If you are concerned that your writing won’t be accepted or appreciated on the platform, try submitting it to different publishers and see if they like it. If they do, then you should consider writing more pieces of similar quality in the future!
7. My thoughts aren’t worth sharing because they are too random or boring or weird.
We have all felt this way at some point while writing an article, but the truth is that we can all write something interesting about ourselves and our lives if we try hard enough. Keep in mind that if your piece of writing is interesting to you, there is a good chance others will feel the same way.
8. I don’t have the perfect title or cover image to get people to click on my article.
This might be true, but it doesn’t matter as much as you think. One of the most important things when writing on Medium is how your content looks once it has been uploaded and published on the platform. The cover image and title selected will not make or break an article, but they do play a small role in getting readers to choose one story over another.
9. I can’t write for more than 5 minutes at a time because I get distracted and start checking my phone.
It is natural to check your phone while you are working on something, but it’s important to remember you don’t have to look at it anymore than that. If you are constantly looking at your phone, then it is obvious that you are not fully focused on what you are doing. While we’re not saying that writing on Medium requires total focus and should be done all the time, we do believe looking at the device can be counterproductive if you aren’t careful. Resist the urge and keep the distractions out of your workspace until the work is done!
10. It’s too hard to write on Medium!
If you’re still struggling with your writing, then it is likely you need to put in more time. Trying different ways of writing, choosing a topic you are passionate about and getting feedback from others will all help you become a better writer. If the work isn’t coming naturally and it’s impossible for you to get any further, we recommend seeking out some professional help or hiring someone to edit your piece. Everyone has their own way of doing things and even though our writing is our own style, we know that there are people out there who can help us improve our pieces even more than we can ourselves.