How was your weekend? Mine was all right–no comics or crosswords, and I stayed in from shopping. I actually completed most of a writing test for a company I’m interested in gigging for (because I was nervous about the test–99% of the time I don’t work one shred over the weekend).
And get this–at the end of that test (that I’d read several times) the thing said basically “don’t sweat this test” (well, actually it was something like “don’t be obsessive about your answers,” but basically that’s the same thing).
Let’s get to it.
I’ve had that “99% of what you fear will never happen” idea play out in my life tons of times (like most of my client consults–all the almost-sweating and pacing, only to have it rescheduled or what-have-ya).
That’s a little like fiction writing, to an extent (except for some styles and stories that someone bases on real life, but we’ll get to that).
I write about things that I hope will never happen, if they’re bad. I like writing about characters triumphing over their situations (which is to a certain extent, triumphing over themselves, too).
And there are people who write about things like robberies, going to a new school, being a popular kid, being an unpopular kid, and more, that are real life, somewhere, sometime.
But humans traveling time/space as easily as twirling spaghetti? Probably not…otherwise we’ll have a very, uh, interesting world to live in, that’s for sure.
It’s the same with copywriting. Yes we want our prospects to get the results, but with the picture we’re painting, we hope how most people hit rock bottom and decide they need to change or die (in some extreme cases) won’t happen to them, for sure.
So feel free to write about extreme situations in your fiction. With copywriting you may have to back things up for legal/medical/what-have-ya reasons, but feel free to be outlandish on the first run.
Let it take you somewhere, and then look around and see if that’s not where you’d rather be instead, from a writing standpoint.
Until next time,