Fiction File: A Helping Hand?

In my last post, I mentioned that I’d gotten a break from a client that’s really going to help me in my copywriting journey.

I made that a Codex, but I realized that fiction writers get these types of breaks, too. Because you don’t learn only when you study the craft, or write on your own.

Every time:

An editor sends back a personal rejection with what they liked and didn’t like about a manuscript you submitted

A fellow writer looks over a piece you’ve written and you get feedback

You look over a piece of writing or a story for somebody else

You’re getting a break. Because everyone is different, we all have strengths and weaknesses, in writing, and in life. Someone who writes great subject lines for emails may stink at features and benefits.

Or someone who writes great dialogue may write weak or confusing endings to stories. It all depends.

But as long as whoever’s helping you isn’t weak in the same areas you are, and can point out things in a nice way without making you feel bad, you’ll become a stronger writer.

(If they aren’t nice, you’ll still become a stronger writer, but it may hurt a lot more along the way). There’s also a lot to be said about effective critiques (usually there’s preparation involved).

There’s a lot to learn in life, and in writing, too. But there a lot of others who have done it before (or alongside) us that we can learn from.

If you can, take the opportunity when it comes up.

By the way, it’s the start of March, tomorrow. Another month of 2014 in the history books already.

Look forward to making this next month awesome, all right?

And have a great weekend.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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