Of course I didn’t make that much money. But at least I’m honest about lying to you.
You can’t say that for the handful of dishonest and moronic writers on Medium. Obviously, this is not a new thing.
Social media is always full of ads about becoming a millionaire with dropshipping, real estate investing, social media agencies, bitcoin, gold, you name it. But those folks are also making their way to Medium.
It’s sad. And also, it’s misleading and demotivating for real writers. What’s a real writer? A person who’s passionate about the craft, not the rewards.
All those people who write those “how much money I made on Medium” people are not writers — they are marketers and sales folks. There’s nothing wrong with that.
It’s up to us the see the difference. Also, the advice they give is mostly bullshit. Here’s why I’ve never listened to those types of people.
Comparing yourself to others is detrimental to your growth as a writer. This is not a competition. There’s no such thing as “the best writer.”
But here’s the thing: Those writers are demonstrating competitive behavior. They are also signaling: “Look at me, I’m a good writer.” But being a good writer has nothing to do with how much money you make.
Let’s say you’re reading an article from someone who earned $7,000 in a month. Then, you look at your earnings, and you think, “I suck.” You see? You start comparing yourself to another person. People who say that competition in writing is good are delusional.
Envious and competitive writers are idiots. Writing is not about you — it’s about the reader. Writing is also not about how much money you make — it’s about how valuable it’s to your reader.
Compare yourself to the writer you were yesterday.
Writing is an internal process. When you turn it into an external process, you’re doing it wrong.
Articles that supposedly try to “help” you with making more money are not helping you at all. They are demotivating. You know why? And this is the reason I’m writing this article.
It’s mind-boggling to me that people even write those types of articles. The truth is that they don’t control their own outcomes. Also, I bet that those people are not telling you the full story.
I’ve had enough lucky months. That’s how the internet works. Sometimes you’re lucky, and you earn more in a month. So what? There’s no need to scream it off the rooftops. And if you do talk about it, mention that a lot of it is due to luck. There’s no such thing as “How I made X dollars.”
It suggests there’s a formula. They insinuate that they made a certain figure like you make a table. Look at it this way: Can someone exactly tell you how to make a table? Damn yes. Can someone exactly tell you how to make 7k? They can give you guidelines, but they can’t give you a blueprint that never fails.
Regardless of the money; If you’re a true writer, you’ll write whether you earn $1 or $10,000.
“That’s easy for you to say.” Look, I’m no Stephen King. Most of us will never become millionaires with writing. Again, so what? It’s not about the rewards.
To me, writing is the most beautiful craft. When I’m writing, I get so much energy. That’s why I’m so passionate about teaching my writing class.
Every time I finish an article, I get a shot of happy chemicals. It’s the only mental activity that gives me that type of response. You can’t put a price on that.
If you get the same when you write, cherish that feeling. And if you don’t, keep on searching until you find something that does light your fire.