It Feels a Little Crowded In Here
I took a few days off from writing, and coming back to Medium was a little overwhelming.
There’s a lot of new stories out there. Every hour. I recently became an (almost) post-every-day writer, but many professional writers post 4–8 times a day.
I can post once, and by then, someone else has three new stories out. It can sometimes feel like I’m running on a hamster wheel, and never getting anywhere.
I’ve always maintained that more people writing will draw in more readers, which is good news for everybody. But it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd.
After all, when readers have so much content to choose from, how will they be able to find mine?
I’m active on Twitter, and it feels like everyone there is working on a book. While I’m glad for fellow writers, it can also feel a little overwhelming.
There’s so much good writing out there that a lot of well-written pieces go unnoticed. Ilka Tampke recently wrote about one of her books making the list of “Most Underrated” books of the year. She was surprised: her book went so unnoticed that she got an award for it.
Many writers know the feeling of pouring our heart and soul into a piece, releasing it out into the world, and hearing … crickets.
Not everything we write will catch fire and attract everyone’s attention. But at least we’re not alone in our struggles.
Part of the competition is good. When I see other writers posting every day, it inspires me to stay motivated and on track.
If every one of my Twitter friends is writing a book, then if have a question about writing, there are plenty of people to ask.
A lot of people start writing, but get discouraged and don’t stick with it long enough to really build up an audience. It takes time. I’ve been writing here for a year and a half, and I still don’t quite feel settled.
But I’m glad there are a lot of writers around, because there’s always someone new to talk to, and another new voice to discover.