What The Weather And A Fellow Blogger Can Teach You About Determination And Goals

How’s your week been so far? I’ve hit a bit of a snag on an edit, with having to coordinate using some new software, but I plan to brush past it as soon as possible.

I’ve mentioned in the past I get mired in my day to day sometimes. Bogged down by routine. Which is why I’d like to talk a little bit about something that happens every day, all over the world.


Not from a scientific standpoint, though. I just want to say that it was 65 degrees here yesterday, in March, and I went out to check the mail with no coat, hat, or what-have-ya in the winter clothes department that I would normally have to wear.

That’s a rare, beautiful thing. And I enjoyed it (especially breathing warm, fresh air–not just the air inside the house).

That got me thinking about fiction, writing, editing, and making meaningful changes in my life. One of the bloggers I follow here on WordPress mentioned a course that she’s taking for fiction writers.

(Ah, heck. If you’d like to read the post I’m talking about, by Kristen Lamb, you can go ahead–it’d make more sense that way if you do).

I’m seriously considering taking it the course mentioned–I’ll let you know if I do start on that one.

Years ago, I would have jumped at the chance–but now I have to put my keyboard where my mouth is because I have edits in the pipe, and I’ll have to make sacrifices to get what I want–and figure out what goals in my life really mean enough to me personally to spark me to go after them.

And I mean really go–as in “it ain’t gonna stop me because this has to be done” kind of determination.

And it’s a bit scary, on some level. Or unusual–that’s a less intense word.

Determining what really makes a difference and whether to do something or not is a part of life–a big part. And this idea, this course for writers, brought that front and center for me because it’s really going to be me coming face to face with the fact that I haven’t submitted one manuscript for consideration yet this year–sure I was doing editing, but the blogger I follow (Kristen) made the point that if you’re not serious about your goals they won’t get done–mostly because it will be too easy for you to allow distractions.

I’ve also posted about this kind of thing before, but it’s come back around.

My other point here, is whether it’s subject lines or a P.S. to an email, a character sketch, or dialogue, different things can work at different times. You have to determine when to use what thing. There’s different ways to accomplish the same thing, sometimes.

And always remember to enjoy the journey and things that come up in your life, if at all possible–like mid-sixties weather in March in the Midwest.

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.
This entry was posted in Fiction and Copy Decodes, My Journey and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to What The Weather And A Fellow Blogger Can Teach You About Determination And Goals

  1. Carole Mertz says:

    I went outside and looked at the stars last night. Like you, Ty, I enjoyed the mild weather. (I’m in Ohio.) Sometimes it’s the little moments that refresh.

  2. Ty Mall says:

    Really? That’s great. I didn’t look at the stars last night, though. And we could practically be neighbors if it wasn’t for Indiana. Anyway, that’s the point–life is made up of little things. A lot of them, done over and over. Like having a frequent visitor tell you inspiring things about what she’s been up to :-). Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s