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. …
Since launching Medium Newsletters in June, we’ve been happy to see many publications on Medium use them. Our last post noted improvements to come and we’re excited to share our latest progress.
If you use Newsletters, you may have recently noticed a change to the editing tool. Originally, emails could be composed on a page that included stats and lists of draft and sent emails, which caused the space to feel a bit unfocused. It also only supported basic features in comparison to Medium’s story editor. …
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?
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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:
It’s too easy to work through a break. To take lunch at the desk. To fill quiet moments with a follow-up text or the news or an industry podcast. When we’re productive, every moment counts. When we’re cultivating a creative habit, our focus is on the output. Last month’s Writers Newsletter shared advice on cultivating a writing habit. There is a crucial activity to include amid any creative habit.
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