How My Jewel Mix-Up Can Make You a Better Writer and Planner

How was your weekend? Mine went great–got to go on the weekly shopping trip, and get papers and comics. Oh, and experience the below-freezing weather out there. Then yesterday, things warmed up a bit more (about a 20 or so degree jump, to still end up below freezing), and then today, the temp’s supposed to hit above 40. And we’ll have rain–in early January. The weather pattern’s bouncing around a lot around here.

Anyway, let’s get to it for today.

I went into Jewel last Sunday, hoping to find mags and books to read (and I know I should read more than I already do).

Well, the thing of it was, they switched the whole store around–not just some aisles like last time I was there (maybe I just wasn’t paying attention?)

The whole thing.

The three or four lines for self checkout are gone, and got replaced with miniature regular checkouts. The aisles’ order was switched. Oh, and they put a Starbucks in–I knew that from before, but I hadn’t seen it in the flesh.

Kinda reminds me of trying to navigate the new blog I’m writing for. They use a WordPress theme that’s different from mine/the one you’re reading with now, and I’m still getting used to it.

What’s my point?

Well, sometimes things happen that are out of your control–like having Instagram only work on a phone. Or having things switched up. What would you do? We can whine, sure. P’raps I did that here, but I hope not.

There are times that things are brought to our attention that are dramatically less important than we thought, or parts of plans break down that need to be adjusted (like scouting for books in the Jewel of a different town, where I read some of the novelization of The Force Awakens).

With writing, it’s the same thing. If you’re getting a snag, fix it, cut it, save it, or throw it (usually into a file for later use, on that last one). This works for plots, characters, email subject lines, and what-have-ya.

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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