Thankfully it wasn’t mine.
About a month and a half ago, I decided to debone some chicken thighs. I’d heard they cook faster that way. I got some pointers and a live demonstration from someone who knew what they were doing.
It seemed easy enough.
Later, I got everything out, opened the raw chicken, and flipped the first thigh, bone side up. I put my knife near the chicken bone…
And my knowledge about deboning chicken left me.
I mean left. As in, I couldn’t remember what I’d been told, or seen, because the instructions leaped out of my brain and took a walk.
And right when I needed that know-how.
So there I was with chicken thighs on a meat board, on the counter, trying to figure things out. Blood all over the place. Not to mention having raw chicken on my fingers.
I ended up having to struggle along with my knife, doing the best I could. I was happy with the results—more than half of each chicken thigh was left over by the time I was done.
Which reminds me of writing—fiction, writing to persuade (copywriting), it really doesn’t matter.
Eventually you learn about subject lines, postscripts, characterization, foreshadowing, and dozens of other concepts to persuade, entertain, and ultimately, guide people to the decision that you are someone worth listening to, buying from, or reading (or your clients are, or what-have-ya).
But to get these concepts inside yourself—to the point that they come out effortlessly—you need practice. And, maybe a mentor or teacher to help you along, depending on where you are now, and where you want to go.
But is practice all this post is about? No. It’s about knowing where you want to go, and doing the best you can, where you are, to get there.
And the frustrations that might trip you up along the way. To make things a little worse, the object of my frustration didn’t even have a PULSE. Go figure.
Those frustrations are why as writers or marketers (or both), we never stop learning.
That’s what this is really about.
Being able to avoid pitfalls, or dust off and move on after falling into one.
People can help you, sure. But they can’t do it for you (in some ways, I’m still learning parts of that lesson today).
Have you ever learned something new, and then had that knowledge leave, right when it would have done the most good in a situation? Comment below, and let me know about it.
All this going on about practice means I need to get some more bone-in chicken thighs to really get this deboning down.
And that chicken that I deboned before (and cooked) tasted really good, too.
Until next time,