Response to a Question About 100 Medium Posts

The question from Joe Breaux is:

Now that you have “involve my interest in pursuing books, screenwriting, longform journalism and more dynamic, comprehensive, creative types of storytelling.” Do you think medium is still a great outlet to share your ideas of storytelling/fictional storytelling? Is this the best place to be discovered as a fictional writer?’

That’s a tough question to answer, and I think the potential for discovery on Medium depends on what you write. Some things will work well here, while others will not.

As I wrote in my original post, a story about Staten Island that was timely, topical and illuminating, received little attention on Medium, whereas elsewhere it was gold.

Mostly, I think a writer, whether they do non-fiction or fiction— like any artist or performer— should know their audience. A Louis CK show at the Comedy Cellar is a lot different than a Louis CK show at Madison Square Garden. Different platform, different people watching.

On Medium, day to day, it’s pretty tough to tell who’s reading.

But, to be very direct about it— I think as Medium has grown, it has placed more of the responsibility for being discovered on the writer. That was inevitable, because user-generated content these days is often not very good, and Medium wants the best stuff to surface.

So, it had to change.

That said, if I wanted to be discovered— which was never my intention, as I’ve been a writer and editor for a decade already— I’d go wherever it was ‘my people’ (i.e. people who write about the things I write about) were at, and try to put my work there.

I happened to be interested, and am still interested, in many of the things that appear on Medium. Given that, I think some of my writing has been a natural fit here. Some has not. Oh well, that’s life.

My salient point was that if you do anything enough, you’ll get better at it, people will maybe take you a little more seriously and maybe some opportunities will come your way. Or, maybe they won’t.

Things are, ultimately, what you make of them.

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