Writing for Kicks AND Clicks

If you've spent much time reading internet articles, you may have come across a few published on a site called Medium.  Medium is a site where you can read articles written by anyone; they tout themselves as having a platform designed for people, not advertisers. You can read about all kinds of things on Medium--the subjects are multifarious. As I type, the articles on the home page include Amazon Accidentally Sent Out Their Email Template, The First City in the World That Is Switching to Bitcoin, and How Being Socially Isolated for 10 years Has Changed Me and What I Have Learned. Have something to say and would like a broad audience for it? You can publish on Medium. They even have what's called the Medium Partner Program-- write for Medium and earn money when Medium members read your stories. 

Of course, if you're going to find an audience for your work, you'll likely want to sharpen your composition skills. The library is ready to assist! We have everything you need to learn how to create a very readable, and potentially lucrative, internet article. Alongside the myriad books on any subject that you could possibly imagine writing about, the library carries books on writing articles, grammar and style, and writing inspiration and encouragement. 

How to Make a Living Writing Articles for Newspapers, Magazines, and Online Sources explores how to write articles with style and cohesion as well as how to pitch ideas that will grab an editor's attention. If you need help with the nitty gritty aspects of writing, check out titles like CliffsNotes Writing  and Easy Writing which will guide you through grammar rules and usage, principles of composition, and style.  The Best American Magazine Writing 2019 will give you an idea of what really great magazine articles look like. Cool Careers Without College for People Who Love Writing and Blogging provides ideas for career paths in writing for those who don't have a college degree. The book includes websites and organizations to explore, as well as first-hand accounts from writing professionals. Check out the catalog for more ebooks on writing. 

Don't let a lack of a library card stand between you and your ambition to publish a wildly popular internet piece, apply for a card online and get started today. 

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