Yep, writing is a very competitive profession.
I subscribe to THE ATLANTIC. Most of this magazine’s writers are great. I don’t think I will ever be that good. I also like reading The Economist; another gathering of great writers, trying to make every word count.
For average writers, luck probably plays a part into moving into a writing career. But one does not get luck just by wishing for it. One has to be somewhere like Medium to get noticed. But I think the success rate is still low. For those of us expecting a big payout, we should call ourselves naive. But trying to roll the dice on long odds is still worth a try — as long as we don’t become too consumed by the final goal.
In November 2018, I was about to put my “Tiered Democratic Governance” back on the shelf to collect dust. Then a fellow from a G+ group recommended that I write a piece of fiction of people working in the TDG. At first, I thought it was a silly idea for I did not have the skills or desire to write fiction. But I sure could see that this was a new way to promote the TDG. As the months wore on, I became more accepting of the idea, found a writing coach, and developed some characters and plot in my mind. When I finally sat down to write, the first draft almost wrote itself. Hopefully it will be ready by the end of the month.
I will put this new book on Medium (in a pub called “Politically Speaking”). If there is no traction, I’m content to put things back on the shelf again.