How was your weekend? Mine was pretty normal. And this week was relaxed. Since this is the first post of the week, maybe a bit too relaxed. I don’t know.
An important thing that happened to me (that’s a redux of this post, as a concept), happened Monday. I opened a brown envelope to find…
A copy of the first book I managed production of.
I’d asked for a copy of this one, so it wasn’t as big of a surprise as the last (first) one, the book that I’d edited.
Still, holding this current book in my hands was a beautiful thing. It’s a lot surreal to be dropped right in the middle of a process a lot of people don’t get to experience.
And I’m grateful. It’s something I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.
Okay…what’s the point?
Life is about perspective, for fiction writers, and copywriters too. I post about this quite a lot, but I want to do it from a different angle this time.
You’ve lived a life. Somewhere on this planet. Doing things. You learned things from doing those things.
But I don’t have a clue what they are unless I’m shown or told.
Maybe I’m doing something you’re not, and sharing my perspective with you. Or maybe you’re doing something I’m not, and sharing your perspective with me.
How would you do that? Well, if you’re a client of mine or a client of a client…
Like a former museum manager who works at home with software training
Or an insurance agent and avid golfer who persisted through surgeries (including one that was a fix-er-upper surgery because he accidentally tore a tendon or ligament off his knee)
Or maybe a former attorney turned recruiter who helps people find great jobs
(All real people I’ve talked to for one thing or another, by the way).
And if you’re a WordPress blogger, I could be following you. I follow a couple authors (including a book reviewer and blogger who lives in Australia–over 5,000 miles away from here).
And I’m learning about people, real people, as their posts come to my inbox, when I pick up the phone, and when I open my email.
All of that is put into my memory banks, and comes out later. Or I can learn from someone else’s successes and mistakes (like I did on that consultation I mentioned that I had last Friday morning).
What other people have learned can also impact your life as a whole, not just things like crafting better characters, writing better headlines, or what-have-ya. It’s not just mechanics (or pretty words), but emotions. When I read about someone experiencing something, I go through their emotions with them. And as they tell their story, I pick up on their style and word choice (and I’m getting better at it all the time).
Tomorrow is the prompt, aka Triple F. Be sure to stop by.
And if you have questions or comments, drop me a line below with your thoughts.
Until next time,