I’m Starting Medium, An Amazing Writing Platform

Medium Website

There are a lot of different platforms out there for sharing your writing but not a lot of them work as well as Medium does. I discovered Medium through Scribophile (Yes, I do spend way too much time there). I was on the forum when I found a thread that is now over a 100 pages long with people discussing the website. With so much discussion I figured it was worth taking a look at.

It turns out Medium is a writing platform that allows writers to post their work to the website. It reminds you of a large blog with a lot of different contributors, or maybe a newspaper. Either way, the number of writers that power the website is pretty big.

I was curious as to what level of content I would find when I went to the website and was incredibly surprised. The three free articles I read for the month were all great. In fact, I even recommended one to a bunch of friends who also liked it.

You noticed that I said free there? Medium is ad-free and as such allows free accounts to read only three articles a month. If you want to read anything more you will need to create a paid account. I believe its $5 a month? Not too bad to get access to a huge amount of written content for both education and fun.

So I saw that you could become a writer at no cost. Guess what I did? Created an account. So far I really like it. It is a versatile writing platform with a lot to do. I have published 4 pieces with more to come. Here is my first piece: Adoption: A Road To Discovering My History.

The only thing I don’t like about Medium is the very long links that articles have. Try sharing one of these without copy and paste: https://medium.com/@iandustinscofield/adoption-a-road-to-discovering-my-history-8a3b52a6cdaf?source=linkShare-e35a2a8480d8-1535366475. That is the link to the article I mentioned above. You see how long it is, and it is a bit of an eyesore. But with that many articles from so many authors, I guess they had to come up with a solution.

I hope my Medium articles provide you with some reading entertainment.

What Happened To NaNoWriMo 2017?

As you may have noticed it has been dead silent since about halfway through NaNoWriMo 2017. It isn’t because I just gave up on my book. I got sick, sick enough to call out of work, which is unusual for me. I almost went to urgent care. Even though I returned to work, all I did was sleep and work.

For the first time, I didn’t finish NaNoWriMo. That being said, I took the month of December to complete a whole new draft of Shao Island (the name is going to change). Shao Island has long been a favorite of mine and I will be continuing to work on it this year.

NaNoWriMo 2018 will see some big changes to Shao Island as last year changed a good amount of it too.

In the last month or so I have created a short story based on Shao Island titled The Unwanted Shadow. I have been through a few edits on Scribophile for the first two sections and hope to submit it to a writing contest/journal/thingy. That is why it won’t appear on here for now.

Just today I submitted a flash fiction piece about Alyssa (one of the MC of Shao Island) seeing the magical city for the first time to a flash fiction world-building content on Scribophile. This will be coming up on here after the fifteenth or whenever voting finishes.

Shao Island is officially becoming Purple Fire. I needed to make a change to the series because not every story is happening on Shao Island itself. This will make book one Purple Fire Book One: Shao Island.

This is just an update for now. More content will be coming out shortly on the blog!

NaNoWriMo 2017: Detective 139

NaNoWriMo 2017

There are 10 days left until the start of November, and you know what that means! NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is almost back. With that, I am doing some prep work to prepare myself for the difficulties of this month. Balancing two jobs and a 50,000 word manuscript.

Every November, novelists and writers from around the world take time out of their month to write at least 50,000 words. A short novel. If you complete all 50,000 words in one month, you win. While you might not win anything tangible, you win the ability to say you created something in one month. Something that means something to you. For several years now I have participated in this adventure and I have to say, it is one of the most enjoyable writing experiences I have ever had. So just like the past years, I am going to participate this year too.

This year I am writing a detective thriller type book that I have been thinking of and have tried writing a couple of times before. With the planning and the time limit, I believe that this time I can make it come to fruition. In case you didn’t get it, the title of the novel is Detective 139. The title comes from Detective Lincoln Thomas’s unit number. Want to know a little bit about the story?

During a gang drug bust, Detective Lincoln Thomas’s partner is shot and killed. Lincoln himself is severely injured. After performing a lateral transfer to the Washington State Troopers, his girlfriend leaving him, and dropping out of contact with all his old friends, Lincoln still isn’t completely recovered. A department mandated psychologist orders Lincoln to take a vacation. But vacation isn’t always crime free.

Trapped by the snow in the Sun Mountain hotel, when a murder happens, Lincoln is the only law enforcement officer around. Not just that, the woman murdered is a friend of a girl he met at the hotel bar the night before. Can Lincoln solve the crime or will there be more deaths? Will one of them be his own?

So join me as I put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keys) in order to create Detective 139. I will be posting regular updates here on the book along with planning material and other information about my progress.

If you are looking for the NaNoWriMo website, you can find it here.  If you want to see the page for my novel in particular it is here.  But just remember, I can’t start writing until November.