You want the approval of your peers.
Refuse to censor yourself.
After 6 months of writing on this platform(medium.com), I’ve finally been curated…once.
If you won the lottery which gave you the option of choosing between taking $5,000,000 immediately or $10,000 for week for life with the condition that you’ll only start to receive the funds a year after you’ve won, which one would you take?
We all over complicate the process of creativity. Being creative is as simple as letting go. It’s about subtracting distractions in order to add your gift to the world. It’s all about getting out of your own way in order to provide a whole experience for your audience. Let them smell your flowers.
By Anthony Boyd You look at yourself through the eyes of another. You see what they see. What they see is a reflection of how they see themselves. You can’t see yourself. You’re caught in a tangled web of misconceptions. But you can’t be in two places at once so you default to their line of sight. This is where you get your self-pity and contemptuous attitude toward all of your ideas. Your potential to realize the strongest version of yourself. The good news is that you’re always there waiting for yourself to re-merge with who you truly are. The being that doesn’t look upon itself with the scornful eyes of others. It’s all up to you. The choice has to be made. Do you continue to default to their lines of sight out of “survival?” Or do you grow and actualize into what God intended?
If you need some reasons to write, here are a few. You don’t actually need any reasons to write beyond writing for writings sake but sometimes we all need a little push.
Medium is a great platform to read and write quality content.
By Anthony Boyd Stop with the aspirations. You are a writer. You’re not an aspiring writer. What ever it is that you do, you do. You don’t need some third party validation in order for you to be legit. Where did we get this idea from? That we need to be exalted in order to be legitimate. If you write, then guess what? You’re a writer. Point blank. Period. I’ve been writing a lot about writing lately because I’ve stepped out of my own little world and looked around. It’s quite funny, what I see. I see people in this writers world being pompous because they’ve made a few bucks writing. I assure you, it’s not that serious. I thought we were doing this for the craft? When did it become strictly about money? Yes, I do think writers should be paid for their art. But let’s not forget that it is art. Once we turn this into a business, you can forget about it being enjoyable anymore. Fair warning. Keeping writing.
By Anthony Boyd Every now and again I get fed up with seeing these obnoxious “how to” articles on how to write. It’s similar to the fitness industry dopes we put out cookie cutter programs that lack the specificity trainees need to reach their goal, it’s not for everyone. Everyone is unique. When it comes to your writing, take into account that YOU ARE writing. Not the writing marketing guru who made $1,000 from their latest Medium article. Or your favorite author, or blogger. All of these rules for writing will crush your spirit as a writer, especially if you’re writing with the express purpose to make money. Yes, you should be getting paid to write but you don’t have to. I feel like people saw the opportunity to make money from their craft and decided to offer their integrity up for a few peanuts. What about the craft? What about the reason you got into writing in the first place? My thing is this, find a balance. You can write your stories for you, for the craft. And if you have some other “thing” you’re good at, write about that in all of the marketing format you wish in order to sell whatever it is you wish to sell. Include the call to actions at the end of the pieces, all the fancy spacing(because apparently single line paragraphs are the shit these days) and whatever else makes the piece marketable. But at the end of the day, put the writing first.