Writers are formed in solitude

Writing is a practice that requires solitude. It is, in essence, a conversation without the requisite of a second party. Just as we can only carry on a conversation with one person at a time—even if we occasionally alternate between two or more—this conversation, too, precludes all others while active…

Words are more powerful than we realize.

Every piece of writing is an act of faith. Specifically, it is faith that what one privately experiences others privately experience as well. And what is more private than those words we say to ourselves within the dark of our mind but never say aloud?

Silence

I have seen in the…

An exploration of the role of ego and narcissism in writing

Writers suffer from an odd sense of shame. Many couch their efforts behind a subtle disclaimer by calling themselves “aspiring writers,” as if they’re not writers until they’re bestsellers, signed to a publishing deal, or featured in the New York Times — as if they were not writers since the…

Few things are more difficult to promote than writers and their works

There are a lot of obvious barriers to success as a writer. For one, there’s already a mile of text out there for every available inch of attention span. For another, it’s rare to have to compete with those that live up the street and those that died a thousand…

A professional writer builds a business around their writing

To be clear, when I say I was an amateur writer, I don’t mean to say I just started writing. A month ago, I already had a book available for a year that I had self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing. I also had 148 articles posted on Medium, and I…

It takes some degree of skill to recognize skill

I’ve often found myself stumped as to why certain things become popular while others don’t, especially when a lot of the productions that seem to be of the highest quality end up relegated to a position on the fringe. Every day I come across stunningly beautiful songs, and they don’t…

The blank page is such a simple thing, but it has helped me heal in profound and surprising ways.

I’ve always been drawn to writing about the things that hurt me, but I had never before sat down and contemplated why exactly that is. What I’ve found is that writing allows you to express yourself in a place entirely in your control and completely free from repercussions. It also…

We all have those we love, but this world so often forces us to choose one side or the other.

Broken shards of a glass bottle lying in the street.

Every person who has ever grown up poor lived in blissful ignorance of their poverty until by some method of comparison the world made all too clear their station. I’ll never forget the day I learned that not everyone lived like me, my family and my friends.

My family didn’t…

If childhood trauma changes us forever, then is the person we could’ve been now dead?

As far as I can remember, I’ve contended with intense anxiety my whole life. However, my dad says I wasn’t always this way. He says what I saw changed me.

My parents got divorced when I was two years old. A few years later, my mom got married again, to…

A list of my top 25 most viewed articles, sorted by topic.

To mark the occasion of posting my 150th article on Medium, as well as the end of my first year on the platform, I have compiled a list of my most viewed articles and organized them into 6 topics.

The first article, “Why Writing Takes Courage,” is my overall top…

Martin Vidal

I put the “me” in Medium. • Author of “The Ambition Handbook: A Guide for Ambitious Persons” • Website: martinvidal.co • Instagram: @martinvidalofficial

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