My Writing Process: Behind the Scenes
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there’s been somewhat of a health crisis taking place in China recently. (Bet you didn’t see this opening sentence coming).
The health crisis started its damage by putting the country in a state of blind panic. But once the panic subsided, it was replaced with boredom, worry and job insecurity.
Most people in China at this moment are more scared of losing their jobs than their health. Companies everywhere are going under, and people are becoming unemployed and desperate.
The reason so many companies are dying is that no-one’s buying anything, the economy has almost entirely stopped.
Even while we’re stuck inside, we can’t even shop online because almost all shipping between provinces is halted.
All we can do is stay indoors and pray that our employers will give us homework and throw us a bone.
The fear of unemployment has gripped many foreign teachers living in Shanghai. I’m responsible for a bunch of them, because part of my job is sourcing talent.
So when a few of them came to me and asked how I make my side income on Medium, I got them all together on Zoom (a video conferencing app) and showed them around my Medium profile and taught them my process. (This meeting is what inspired me to write this post).
I believe that everyone here on Medium is making it work for themselves in their own way, but at the beginning, a bit of guidance can go a long way in helping you find your own voice.
I wrote a post recently about some of the many kinds of writers here on Medium. I believe that after a few months on the site, everyone finds the point where their talent meets their reader’s interests and something just clicks.
So here’s the technique that works for me.
Lights, Camera, Action
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