Please Stop Reading Crap Writing Advice on Medium

Sarah Cottrell
2 min readOct 14, 2021

I have a theory that if we can get everyone on Medium to stop clicking on the crap writing advice then it will finally stop choking up my newsfeed.

Here’s the thing about writing. You will not become famous or rich doing this type of work. At least, not overnight, anyway. Yes, you can improve your writing and networking skills relatively quickly. And sure, you can land some marvelous publishing opportunities that allow you to grow a wonderfully supportive readership who will share your work on social media. But no, you’re not going to go gangbuster viral or earn five grand from a single post because Chad and Karen won’t shut up about their one-time success.

The only writing advice you need is the type that will serve your long-term goals. Unless of course, your goal is only to go viral and make several figures off a single post. Then please, by all means, keep reading the never-ending stream of crap writing advice.

Here is some unflashy, unsexy, very solid writing advice that will serve you well if you are looking to develop your craft.

  1. Follow writers and authors whose work makes you feel inspired to push your writing skills.
  2. Know your weaknesses and commit to working on them.
  3. Learn how to grow a thick skin when it comes to critiques. Also, know the difference between an asshole comment and constructive criticism.
  4. Read. Read. Read. Read. Then read some more.
  5. If you want to make money writing, then start by plotting a basic writing business plan instead of hitching your ride to a get-rich-quick style blog post that tells you how to make thousands of dollars on one post.
  6. If your ultimate goal is to publish a book then stop farting around and get to work on that dream.
  7. If your ultimate goal is to become the most famous blogger on the face of Medium, then go study Tim Denning and good luck because that guy is flawless.

The truth is that advice can only get you so far. You have to do the work if you want to be successful.

I said what I said.

Sarah Cottrell

Writer + Editor | Slow Living + Science Nerd | Rep’d by Folio Lit | Follow my stories here: