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This year is hard to explain. Writers on Medium made sense of it all.

It’s hard to say for sure. There are the obvious things. The ways our world, and our lives, changed — probably forever. Hundreds of moments watching our colleagues freeze up on video chat. Then, awkwardly trying to tell them, “You’re frozen.” That’s just the beginning.

People have always turned to Medium to better understand the world and each other, and this year was the ultimate testament to that. We came here to figure out exactly… what’s going on. To connect with writers who informed, enlightened, challenged, and moved us. To tell our stories. To feel less alone…


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, updates, and spotlights

Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

September is for new beginnings. Getting organized. Starting fresh, coming out of the brief lull of August. This year, August was different. Instead of traveling for weddings or vacations, it was staycations, maybe moving, and if possible, taking a break or at least slowing down to reflect and recharge. Perhaps in that time, you came up with new creative ideas to get started on this month.

To kick off the newsletter, we’re sharing a few highlights from Morgan Jerkins’ interview in Forge by Kelli María Korducki. Jerkins, senior editor at ZORA, recently published Wandering in Strange Lands. …


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, updates, and spotlights

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An illustration of a window, file folder with a lightning bolt, cat light bulbs, stars, paper and pen, and timer all floating
Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

We’re in the second half of 2020. Amid the challenge of the pandemic, writing goals set at the beginning of the year may have had to adjust. It’s helpful to take a moment and reflect on where your creative practice is at. New insights can arise, sometimes spontaneously, sometimes through introspecting. What thought patterns are useful? What parts of the creative process are most energizing? What assumptions can be examined?

Finding inspiration and energy for creative projects right now can feel difficult. And at the same time, it’s these creative projects that may bring meaning and delight. “It’s hard to…


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, updates, and spotlights

Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

Summer is here. While there are familiar elements of summer, it’s different this year. We have the challenges of the coronavirus, and important racial justice work to do. It’s helpful to note that your writing practice can be a place of support, learning, and processing. It can be a place of growth. And it can be a place of creativity and expression.

How we write is changing too. In response to news outlets announcing that they are capitalizing “Black,” Eve L. Ewing shares why she capitalizes “White:” “When we ignore the specificity and significance of Whiteness — the things that…


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, updates, and spotlights

Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

There is solidarity in writing. Now is a time of pain, anxiety, and anger caused by anti-Black racism and police brutality. We are witnessing a growing movement striving toward racial justice. Across Medium, writers are sharing stories of their experiences, of allyship, and how to move forward toward a better reality for Black Americans.

Ramesh A Nagarajah shares his experiences in “Reflections from a Token Black Friend:” “I was no older than 12 or 13, and I already understood that the police would not be inclined to help me. …


Four years ago, we launched Letters to help Publications connect with their audience directly in their readers’ inboxes. Since then, we’ve seen the efficacy of this tool for publishers. We’ve also seen opportunities to improve it to help creators better reach and grow their audience.

Today, we’re launching Newsletters: a new way to build relationships and share stories with your Medium audience.

We made Newsletters easy to create and powerful to use. Any Publication on Medium can start a newsletter and correspond with their subscribers directly in their inbox. Publications can now give their Newsletter a name and description, so…


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, spotlights, and updates

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A face, a hand, a spiky blob, a sun, and a hole float in the air within a ring of dots
Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

Over the past weeks you may have found new routines, and new habits that have been helpful. Henry Andrews offers essential advice to keep in mind during this time of adjustment: “It’s not being lazy to give yourself that rest. It’s an investment in being able to do more tomorrow.” If you can’t do all of the things you strive for in your routine, if you don’t have the energy, that’s an important signal to include. Rest is necessary.

Ashley Abramson shares methods to help take a big picture look at our values and priorities. Imagine yourself in the future…


Medium’s Curation Guidelines get an update

We checked in with Medium Curation to discuss this latest update of Medium’s Curation Guidelines. From Medium Curation:

We built out sections on how curation works on Medium and how we think about quality, and we listed everything that can disqualify a story from curation. Hopefully you’ll find this page more comprehensive and usable than before.

This update was inspired by a desire to provide more transparency for writers and publications about what curation is looking for and what’s not allowed. The latter is much easier (and clearer) to explain than the former. “What we’re looking for in curation” is…


Medium Writers Newsletter: Writing tips, spotlights, and updates

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A face in a box is looking at a messy scribble with sparks
Illustration: Kawandeep Virdee

How do you still find motivation to write and work on your craft, when it seems like everything loses meaning during the current world crisis? This question came up when we asked Medium writers to submit questions in advance of our writing panel. It resonates. It can feel like a momentous time to create. To pick up projects on the back burner. There’s an urge to be productive, but also the lack of energy and motivation. It’s important to acknowledge that this challenge we’re in weighs heavy. We’re in an incredibly difficult time, and we’re all adjusting our lives. Rainesford…


Insights from Medium’s Platform Editors

Now is a crucial time to build support and connection. Over the last few weeks, Medium has been a place to share information and experiences during these challenging times. To help support your writing practice, we held a Medium Writers Q&A hosted by Kawandeep Virdee in conversation with Kate Green Tripp, Megan Morrone, and Michelle Woo, the platform editors of Elemental, OneZero, and Forge. Before the panel, we invited Medium writers to submit questions. You can watch a recording of the event here.

The panel covers questions including:

  1. How do you still find motivation to write and work on…

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