7 tips to clean up your dirty first draft before you publish
There’s a coffee mug I bought last year inscribed with the words, “Write drunk; Edit sober.”
And that pretty much sums up the best advice out there when it comes to getting your pieces ready for publication. The quote “Write dunk; Edit sober,” is often attributed to Hemingway, but regardless of who actually said it first, the point is valid.
When you write a post for publication, your job is to forget every piece of advice you’ve ever learned about writing. That includes the grammar rules you memorized…
The dedication that it takes to run a publication is vast. It’s not that complicated on the surface, but a lot of work goes into it that most writers who don’t have a publication of their own don’t understand.
Holly Lyn Walrath
Yes, Medium publication editors are an asset to platform and the value they add is overlooked. I'm not sure how it would work or how quality could be maintained, but I feel Medium editors are the mules of the platform. It's a thankless job.
This story by Akis Apostolopoulos raises so many great points that I wanted to share it. I hope all Medium writers to read it.
I realize there is going to…
Farmers rise early
racing the sun’s soaring heat
to reap their bounties.
We walked early this morning, to beat the oppressive heat that’s sitting heavily atop of South Korea. For the past several days, the peninsula has been on a heat alert. It is difficult to walk; I can’t imagine working in a large garden.
Despite the temperatures, the industrious farmers who live near me— many of whom must be in their late 70s — are up before the dawn toiling in the soil. They wear big, protective hats and long sleeves to block the sun.
I am loath to…
It’s well written, thoughtful, and offers excellent advice to writers who genuinely want to improve their drafts. As a Medium editor and a freelance editor myself, I nodded in agreement, while highlighting his best sentences.
But one of his sentences gave me pause. Walter wrote: “Speaking as an editor, I can assure you that I will always pick a properly edited article that is mediocre, over a poorly edited work of genius. It’s not even close.”
That’s interesting. …
Medium now offers a cool new feature for writers called the List.
Now that we have this option, can we please stop pinning every story we write to the top?
As a reader and writer on the platform, I think it’s time we all agree to release our grip on pinning stories and start using the new List feature.
Here’s why: Nothing annoys me more than opening my homepage, seeing that a writer I follow has published something new, then having to scroll past their pinned stories to find the new one.
Some writers have as many as five or…
The hardest part of publishing is finding the errors in your own draft before it goes live.
Everybody knows all writers need editors. From novices to pros; from native speakers to second-language speakers; from editors who also write — we all would be much better writers if we had a second set of fresh eyes at our disposal to review our work to find our writing mistakes. Unfortunately, most of us fly solo when we write and review our own work.
I write this as an editor of a publication and a writer who seeks to get published in Medium publications: What writers often fail to understand is that there are usually only 1 -3 editors per publication, and publications get submissions all day, every day. There is always a queue of new submissions for editors to review. Most editors have lives of their own outside of Medium, lives where we work for a living -- real, paying jobs; where we take care of our families; spend free time at hobbies; spend time in our communities, etc. Also, many publication editors…
I need to take my own advice.
I reread this piece below (written before my international move to Korea), and it reminded me of why my attitude of late has been more irksome than inspirational.
I’ve been paying attention to the wrong things lately, rather than focusing on what’s new, good, and positive about my life right now.
After I re-read my old piece, I realized that my negative mindset started climbing for three distinct reasons:
Ever since I arrived, I’ve noticed how diligent Koreans are about wearing masks in public spaces, indoors and outdoors. I honestly have never seen…