Waves on Land: How Combines and Farming Can Help You Write Better Fiction and Copy

How was your weekend? I actually decided to put the brakes on shopping this week, and it was great to have the time off (but no comics or crosswords to be had, because of that).

Anyway, let’s get to it for today.

I was mowing yesterday, and I noticed something a little odd. Have you ever seen a wave on the ocean? They form up, roll, and then smack the beach.

Well, since fall is officially here now (as of the 22nd, last Thursday), all around the house, there have been beans and corn. That is, until about right now.

I saw the combine doing its thing, and the bean stalks or what-have-ya shooting out the back reminded me of a wave–just rolling out the back.

Reminds me of how writing should be.

It doesn’t have to be smooth–heck, after the stuff rolls out the back, depending the wind direction, it blows all over the place.

But the combine keeps harvesting.

Writing doesn’t have to be fast (although it can be). Combines are much more efficient than picking the beans by hand–even if you had a dozen other people helping you. So in that sense, it is faster, even though combines don’t go super fast (somewhere around 20 mph).

But the combine keeps harvesting.

So as long as the farmer knows his goal, what his equipment is, how to handle that equipment, and a lot of the steps in between, he can get the beans, corn, or what-have-ya harvested more easily.

That’s how writing should be–maybe it doesn’t turn out that way all the time (not for me, at least not 100%), but that’s ideal.

That’s also why outlines, templates, timers, and more help a lot, as far as writing goes.

So if you get stuck on a subject line, piece of a sketch, or something else, just take a step back, and think of a combine in the field.

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.
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