Even the Best-Laid Plans May Still Need to Be Moved…

How’s it going? My week’s been pretty good so far, although it has been hot here–almost 90 today, and over 95 with heat index yesterday, which was the day I had to mow.

So, unlike last time, I engineered more frequent breaks and took salt now and again to replace what I was losing (something I didn’t do until the very end last time, which made that method too little, too late).

That part, combined with lots of wind and having to mow a lot less grass this time, made it so that I didn’t get heat exhaustion or feel like I’d been run over. So all in all, pretty good. And this time I made sure I took salt whenever I gassed up the mower or took some other short break–no exceptions there.

Reminds me a little of writing, whether it’s copy, fiction, or what-have-ya. To me, having a plan is always better than not having one. And there’s a difference between having a flexible plan and a “thou shalt not deviate from this” kind of plan that’s more of a problem than anything else.

Rigid plans assume you get everything 100% right the first time, which can be a problem if you find out later you didn’t. I like to think of a plan more as a guideline. That’s what revising is for, and why it’s good (trying not to gag when I say those words because I usually don’t like revising my own work–even though I edit other people’s). Revising needs to be done. I just don’t like it very much.

To give another example of this flexible-type plan, when I was mowing, I stopped to get lemonade when I felt a little winded, and drank only several sips, or about half the bottle, and took salt, too. This was about once per hour, but a couple times I think it was less. The mower would usually run out of gas by the time I thought about refueling myself.

And to translate this to writing, I have outlines I use for emails, sales letters, and what-have-ya, that I probably need to stick to more often. With blog posts and fiction stories, since they’re usually shorter, I start with a general idea and go from there.

Every type of plan or not works–you need to figure out what works for you. If it makes your work easier and less of a hassle down the road, go for it.

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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