Could It Be Both Ways Work?

How was your weekend? Mine was great, with the comics and crosswords, as well as really getting to relax.

Which got me to thinking…

I’m laying out plans for a trip, and I’m getting directions for different places I’d like to go (and it looks like a laundromat and a friend’s place are both going to be on that list).

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pick up and go? Sure it would…just gas up, get some snacks, and drive around, seeing what’s to be seen, and just enjoying things as they come.

Maybe. On a shorter trip, you might be able to deal with forgetting a few things here and there, because you’ll only be gone a couple hours from home.

Could you keep the same vibe with a cross-country trip? There are people in this world that probably could…but for the record, that ain’t me, by a long shot. The longer the trip, it seems, the more I have to plan. If I forget something I need, and I’m 400 miles from home, getting that thing is going to be a pain in the rumpus–and it will break the magic of the trip if “home life” intrudes before the trip is officially over.

Reminds me of writing, actually. For short projects like blog posts, I can just hop in the virtual car, start writing, and let it go. After some clean up, that’s done. I start out with a sketch, or a small idea of what I want to do, and then go.

An email series is a mid-range project–I’ll sketch out an idea for each email or several at a time, so I can see what the series as a whole will look like. This is a teeny bit more involved than letting it all go.

As projects get longer (like books or VSL scripts), I find that I have to outline or set up a template of some kind to guide me–not necessarily every single step, but enough to keep me going in the right direction and including the right things to get the message/plot/character/hooks/what-have-ya over to the reader so they come along with me.

How about you? In your writing, do you find that these strategies both work for you? Or do you use one more than the other? (Or maybe you do something that’s just “you,” and doesn’t really fit in with anything I’ve talked about). Drop me a line in the comments.

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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