My name is Garrick A. McFadden, Esq., and I want to be a writer. I want to earn a living from the words I commit to paper or pixels. To be fair, I have earned a living with my words for the past twenty years. I would use them in courtrooms on behalf of my clients. I would write them and submit briefs, memos, letters, and motions on their behalf.
Now, I want to make a living by writing about interesting things. I want to explore questions that we refuse to address. I want to visit locations around the United States where black people have been lynched, assassinated, and annihilated so that I can bear witness to the atrocities that have plagued our society. I want the dead to know that someone has come to bear witness to their suffering. I want to sit in these locations, some remote and others located in the open, and listen to see what the wind tells me. I want to search the flora and fauna for the answers to the questions that plague me.
I hope you join me as I interrogate our complex shared history.
Here is how you can help me.
1. Read what I write; if you think it is worthwhile, please clap. Moreover, leave a comment. Sometimes, I respond; other times, I sit with what people have commented, sparking an idea about another question that needs to be explored.
2. Follow me; it costs nothing, and it helps. What is even better is to subscribe to receive stories via email. I am planning on building a newsletter about the questions that I am working on, and sharing with my audience books that I believe everyone should read if they have an interest in the topics that I write about.
Those things do not require any money and will help me so much. The following does require an outlay of dollars.
1. Get a membership to Medium. There are so many talented writers on this platform churning out great work. This is not a way for us to make life-changing money, but it helps us show that there is a path to becoming a professional writer one day. Even better, become a Friend of Medium. This way, the writer gets four times the money every time you read a story.
2. Buy me a cup of coffee! https://www.buymeacoffee.com/garrickmcfadden
More to come soon. If you have any questions send me an email at email@example.com