Introducing weekly coffee break stories!
I’m kicking off a new writing form which I’m calling coffee break stories. Each is less than a 3 minute read—perfect when you’re sipping a cup of coffee.
The content can be anything at all, but the length is similar to “short form”, which is typically 150 words or less. I’m a tad casual with this, so sometimes stretching to 175-ish or so. (My forum, my choice, hehe!)
In fact, today is a bonus, or “two-fer”: two short stories I recently published on a different platform called Medium. I hope you find value in these little snippets of personal observations. They’re snack-sized musings to inspire, support, amuse or connect us in spirit.
But before you dive into today’s double shot coffee break stories…
What is Medium?
This social platform is for anyone who wants to write and everyone who wants to read. Over 175,000 writers publish stories about everything under the sun. And it’s estimated there are well over 60 million readers for said stories.
You can read 3 stories for free each month or sign up at a mere $5.00/month to receive unlimited access using my link over here.
Initially, I was hesitant to jump on yet one more social platform. I abandoned Clubhouse, I’m mostly a random lurker on FB (gotta grab the latest memes there!) and I sporadically post on IG. But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to participate in a community that’s focused on writing and reading—two of my favorite activities!
Once you have achieved 100 followers, you can be paid for your writing in Medium’s Partner Program, based solely on the time people spend reading your words. So I thought, why not?!
Then I quickly realized there’s an algorithm at play (of course!) that determines who sees your stories. Which is why so many writers create “reciprocal-reading” pods to boost each others’ earnings. It’s not unlike IG’s follow-for-follows/like-for-likes groups, which I find problematic … what if you don’t like someone else’s stuff? Sigh! So I haven’t done that.
You can have hundreds or thousands of followers. But if they don’t take the time to read your articles, your work could go largely unnoticed—and unpaid. If the platform editors find you and like your writing, they can disseminate your work. And then if your article goes viral, the dollars can roll in. Lotta “ifs” there!
The top writers reportedly make $25,000/month! But we’re talking about a rarified few. The majority of paid writers realize less than $100/month and some stories make less than a dollar. Obviously, talent and writing about popular topics matter. But beyond that, it takes a lot ( and I mean a LOT) of reading and writing. Best not to quit your day job. Unless you have the time.
So why did I join?
It’s become a great place for me to experiment with different writing styles. Like short form, poetry, or essays. And I’m exposed to so many other writers! Some good, some not-so-good. It gives me a sense of what’s being shared in the writing world and where I find myself fitting in.
Also, about that monetary payout: it’s humbling to labor over an article … searching for the perfect image … pulling my thoughts out of my head … capturing them on paper … polishing my words until I tell my Inner Perfectionist to stop! And then getting only a dollar or two for those hours— double sigh!
But that’s the dirty underside of the writing world. “Best selling author” status? This refers to who gets disseminated the best—not necessarily who writes the best! Not all gifted artists are gifted with selling.
One can write soul-stifling manuals for a corporation. Or clever, SEO-loving content for publications. Or from-the-heart ideas and musings for personal pleasure. The pay range is vast and is determined by demand.
Ultimately, you simply need to work the writing venn diagram to find your own sweet spot for why you write and what you expect (or need) in return.
Me? I’m writing because I can’t not write. When I’m in alignment with my higher self, inspiration comes. And then the words follow. Truthfully, I’m often taken aback at the direction my writing takes but I’ve learned not to question my muse.
Now on to the two coffee break stories for your weekend pleasure, while sipping on your beverage of choice. Enjoy!
Coffee Break Stories #1
Attack of the 50-Foot Woman!
No worries—just me and my shadow, stepping into our future!
Desert hiking demands grit, determination, and trust that one can endure a rocky trail. And even the occasional rattlesnake!
But that tingling feeling as I move forward, not completely sure of what lies ahead? I’m calling it excitement, not fear!
I’ve heard the mountaintop view is spectacular and worth the effort to get there. Everything in my life has prepared me for this monumental trek. I can do it!
If we have the ability to conjure up a vision of where we want to be, then we have the same power to invite the thoughts which support our dreams.
Be vigilant for unwelcome feelings, like doubt and fear. They’re intruders, just like that rattlesnake. Give them a wide berth—and keep on going!
Inhale confidence … Exhale doubt … I love being tall!
Coffee Break Stories #2
Don’t Forget To Applaud Every Step Of Your Journey
It’s about more than just the arrival
As much as we admire a lush bouquet, the real beauty is found in the transition from bud to bloom. Just look how far this flower has evolved!
There’s tremendous inspiration with witnessing the process, not just acknowledging the end result, no?
“Everything is hard before it’s easy” —Goethe J.W.
Not unlike the work of growing outside our comfort zone. It’s quite impressive when you reflect on your determined endeavors to flourish.
Start your own evolution with steady steps. There will be effort required to push through some dirt and rocks, no doubt about it.
But you can do it … I believe in you!
The Wrap On Coffee Break Stories
Who doesn’t have an overflowing in-box? Lots of intel coming our way, all the time. Yet finding the time—so challenging!
None of my Medium stories (so far) have exceeded 5 minutes. If you’re curious for more, circle back to this Medium story which I reposted here.
Let me know your thoughts about receiving little weekend nuggets to accompany your coffee … and thanks for stopping by!