24 Reruns Just Switched Seasons–Here’s How That Makes You a Better Writer

How was your weekend? We had great weather over here Sunday and Monday—60-plus degrees. Very nice. I even took a picture of one of the last snow piles in the yard—it’s mostly brown grass now out there.

Let’s get to it.

I want to talk about something interesting I saw yesterday (and no, not the premiere of iZombie, which I did watch, for reasons unknown to me, except morbid curiosity).

I really mean 24. On Monday, the last regular season wrapped up, season 8 (it’s still a rerun, regardless). They haven’t shown the new London ones of the show yet.

Anyway, that meant that Tuesday, we were back to season 1, first episode ever.

What a difference…

CTU went from a giant complex with a whole room dedicated totally to computer servers, dozens of staff, banks of TVs, security cameras everywhere, and what-have-ya…

Down to a small warehouse building.

With computer displays that had huge type.

And I’m pretty sure I saw a floppy disk in Jack’s hand at one point.

Only three or four people were working at CTU besides Jack, it seemed like.

But the weirdest part was that Jack was in charge.

Of the whole division. Maybe the fictional higher-ups learned their lesson in later seasons?

I could even tell that the clock/counter that busts in every so often had a less-refined tone in season 1 than in season 8.

It was almost like they went from rock band in season 8 to garage band in season 1.

What’s my point here?

Well, it’s growth. Change. Being different at the end than how you (or your characters) started out.

As people, things happen to us. No choice in that. We can make decisions about how we respond to what happens (and I don’t believe we’re helpless by any means), but as far as life chugging along, that can’t be stopped.

Characters should change in a story, by the end. Even if it’s coming to a decision about something (or like real life—realizing that there are better choices out there).

And copywriters, for you folks it’s more like seeing where the readers want to make an impact in their lives, and giving them the tools to make it happen.

Not a lot of people can handle life if it’s totally unpredictable, but a lot of those same people could be bored if life were 100% the same, all the time.

Just my take on it (I like routines, usually).

So remember, change is good. As long as you end up better or happier for it (not the case for Jack, but you get the general idea).

Until next time,

Ty

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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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