The One Thing You Need To Succeed In Writing & In Life . . .

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames
5 min readMay 2, 2020
The One Thing You Need To Succeed In Writing & In Life . . .
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Has there ever been anything you’ve wanted and couldn’t wait for? You had to have it now?

Have you stood in line waiting to check your groceries and the cashier needed a price check on an item? And it took forever.

Have you ever been on the computer and out of nowhere, the blue circle of death appears? And won’t go away.

If you’re like me, I have no patience for people who slow me down, people who make my life miserable, or people who don’t know what they’re doing. It drives me crazy. I need more patience and I need patience now.

Medium has a special problem

I love writing and posting stories on Medium. There’s a great variety of topics to browse and read. The writers do a great job crafting stories and keeping my attention. But — and this is a big but — Medium has a problem which is particular only to Medium.

Publications of just about every niche and genre has problems unique to them. The problem on Medium is pretty prevalent and runs rampant throughout Medium. I find it on curated and non-curated stories. I find it on many of the publications on Medium. I find it everywhere. You find it everywhere. I’m speaking of stories like these:

5 Things Every Medium Writer Should Know

7 Things Good Writers Do

Want To Be A Professional Writer? Here Are The 10 Things No One Ever Tells You.

It’s these types of posts which are cluttering Medium. Posts which gives advice based on an amount predetermined by the author: “5 Things,” “7 Things,” “10 Things,” and I’ve seen amounts upwards towards 100 this, that, and the other. This may’ve worked for them but everybody’s circumstances and situations are different and may prevent one or more — if not all — of these “things” from being relevant to the reader.

You have to write, write, write until your fingers bleed and your brain explodes.

These posts are well written and the authors seem to know what they’re talking about. Some of the posts teach you writing techniques. Some of the posts entertain you. Some of the posts are educational. In my…

A Grain of Salt | ElbyJames

ElbyJames is an American disabled combat vet exiled in the UK & a free speech absolutist. He’s an occasional Top Writer