Stop Reading “How to” Medium Articles (I’m Begging You)

I mean, unless you like rewarding lazy writing.

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  1. Proofread. (Seems redundant, see #1.)
  2. Market yourself.

The is no formula for success.

Every time I see one of these ‘how one of my articles got successful’ type posts, I roll my eyes, and yet, I see it has a few thousand claps and is proudly featured on the homepage. What are you readers missing? Am I really this cynical when I view these articles as the writer’s lazy attempt to sail on their momentum from whatever article gave them the “expertise” to write a ‘how-to’ article? It sometimes seems like writers have their ‘how-to’ article drafted before they ever even have a successful article.

Being yourself is a good start.

The abundance of content online is forcing writers to remain fresh and creative. This sounds scarier than it is. How am I supposed to find a fresh take on every article when there are thousands of other people writing about it as we speak? This is when confidence and skill align. You must realize one thing: if your writing is honest, you are inherently bringing a fresh take. No two writers share the same backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. Just because you might have the consensus opinion on a topic doesn’t mean you can’t write a fresh article on it because your opinions are rooted in something unique. The tricky part is figuring out how to convey these experiences to make the reader fully understand your one-of-a-kind point of view.

Detroit raised, Los Angeles living. Recent accounting and linguistics grad from USC working in public accounting.

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