Lessons From A Medium Virgin

Or; how I learned to stop wasting my free time, by writing instead

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1. Read — don’t just write

They say at school that one of the easiest and best ways to improve your learning, is to simply read a gargantuan pile of books.

2. Carve out your niche

Someone once described me as the ‘world’s worst dabbler’.

3. Write during ‘downtime’

Think of the last time you had a spare fifteen minutes between two activities, meetings or engagements.

4. Learn to love empty spaces

I’m going to be honest with you — some of my early articles, even with extensive coaching, were formatting abominations.

5. Enjoy even the smallest success

The last is, of course, the most important lesson:

Don’t be disheartened when that article that you thought was world-class, totally unique and the single greatest literary effort since the invention of the written word, gets one measly clap and five people reading it.

Be realistic — manage your expectations.

Scottish Teacher and MSc student at Edinburgh Uni. All about Whisky, Beer, Board Gaming and Dogs. Getting back into writing after a long thesis grind.

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