How to catch more greenlights as a new writer on Medium
A few days ago, I took part in the digital The Art of Livin’ event by Matthew McConaughey.
He’s not only one of my favorite actors but also an NYT bestselling author.
I listened to his biography ‘Greenlights’ on Audible a few months back and was amazed by his greenlight concept of living.
Greenlights are successes you have as a writer
Especially as a new writer, you’re looking to catch some greenlights.
But it’s not easy.
Most of the time we have to deal with difficult red lights in our writing life.
However, those red lights help you to finally catch a greenlight.
Matthew opened my eyes to how important it is to think about what actions as writers pay us back, feed us tomorrow and give us greenlights in the future.
Lots of successes he had as an actor and person “were engineered by habits and choices”. Throughout his entire career consistency helped him catch more greenlights.
So today I want to share my thoughts on making consistency a habit to see more success as a (part-time) writer.
In my opinion, my unwavering commitment to consistency is my most valuable asset.
Let me show you why.
The Power of Consistency
To date, I’ve published over 1,500 stories on my main writing platform Medium.
For me, publishing content consistently is not merely an act of discipline.
It is a powerful statement, a declaration of my dedication to the craft.
When I show up every single day, I tell the world that my voice matters and that my stories are worth telling.
In this age of digital distractions and ever-shifting attention spans, consistency is the key that unlocks the door to meaningful connections with our audience around the world.
Each time I publish, I invite my audience to step into my world, to share in my insights and discoveries.
And with each consistent act, I solidify my place in their lives as a trusted source of inspiration and knowledge.
The Roadtrip to Mastery
But the magic of consistency extends far beyond the realm of reader engagement.
As I write and publish regularly, I embark on a transformative journey toward mastery.
Each piece I share becomes a stepping stone in my path, a learning experience that sharpens my skills and strengths my voice.
With every word I commit to the page, I peel back layers of self-doubt and fear, revealing the true essence of my creative spirit.
Matthew McConaughey believes that a greenlight is “being kind to our future self”.
It’s things in our writing life such as claps, comments, nice DM’s and emails, connections, and other special moments that affirm our way.
You feel a greenlight moment when a little voice inside you whispers to you ‘go, proceed, more, please carry on.’
Of course, there is crisis, hardship, and interruption. But it’s part of our roadtrip to mastery.
It’s important to not let you slow down by red lights. Embrace them and see them as part of your writing life.
Here are some examples:
- You want more followers? You’ll get more once your writing style improves and you find topics people like. These can be hidden champions such as true crime, erotica, or historical fiction stories.
- You want more claps? You’ll get more on your roadtrip to mastery but you’ll also learn that claps can be a vanity metric.
We Become Better Writers and Better Humans
The unwavering dedication to our craft becomes the beacon that guides us through the darkest nights (red lights) and the stormiest seas of our writing endeavors.
I am super happy when I see the writing portfolio I have built on Medium.
Of course, it wasn’t easy when I started 28 months ago with zero earnings and followers.
But guess what?
At some point, I jumped to the next level.
From $0.17 to $500.
From 147 views to 30K.
This was my first huge greenlight moment and I really celebrated it!
The Ripple Effect
I tell you what, new writer.
As I continue to publish content consistently, I unknowingly create a ripple effect that extends far beyond my immediate reach.
My stories, like pebbles tossed into the vast ocean, send waves of inspiration and connection to readers near and far.
The stories I share might be the spark that ignites the creative fire in a fellow writer like you or provides solace to a reader navigating a tumultuous time in life.
When I told one of my messy parenting stories about my little boy becoming a biting beaver, mothers miles away laughed about my anecdotes and could relate.
New writers, our words have the power to reach across the digital landscape, leaving indelible imprints on the hearts and minds of those who encounter them.
The Creative Dance
So, as we rise each day to face the blank page before us, let us remember the magic that lies in the act of publishing content consistently which is way more than earning money on the side.
Let us embrace the creative dance, celebrating the triumphs and greenlights and learning from the missteps, the red lights.
And as we journey onwards, let us never forget the power we hold within ourselves to inspire, connect, and leave a lasting mark on the world through our words.
“All destruction eventually leads to construction, all death eventually leads to birth, all pain eventually leads to pleasure.” McConaughey
In my opinion, the only thing you need to do every single day is to show up so that you can lay your head on the pillow at night and feel good about the few meters you have covered on your roadtrip to mastery.
✨Consistency is where the magic happens, new writer. It doesn’t have to be a 3,000 words story. You can also pump out 150 words.
Remember: your greenlight moments are engineered by habits and choices.
✨Consistency helps you catch more greenlights.
Hold it close, and let it guide you on your creative journey, no matter what!