Flop, Focus, Flop: A Plan for Writing Success?

How was your weekend? Today is the last day of July 2017, which is interesting (mostly because August will be here–which has been strangely cool as far as weather the past several years).

Let’s get to it.

The ends of months (and sometimes years) get me all nostalgic. All that’s pretty strange because I haven’t lived very long at all–I’m not 95 or something like that, looking to go back to the 1950s (although being able to buy one washer, dryer, and fridge my whole life would be great, that’s for sure).

When I think about how time passes, I try not to think about missed opportunities, because I know “coulda shoulda woulda” is no way to live–not by a long shot.

But sometimes I fail at that. There are times I’ve brought up mistakes I’ve made in my business or personal life with others (mainly about flops I’ve written or things that I’m not an expert at yet).

All the fiction rejections I’ve had, the failed promos, the fact that my email list isn’t set to where I want it to be, and on and on.

It’s destructive…it really is. I can’t change any of it–not the stuff in the past. And I don’t want this to be some rah-rah type thing either–I know everyone needs encouragement, but the dark side is, everybody fails sometimes (if I say it here, I know I need to say it another 50 times to myself, don’t worry).

For some strange reason, the writer who’s telling you this is the same one who wrote Give ‘Em a Ride Down the John.

It’s just me trying to encourage myself (and you too), to move away from where you don’t want to be, toward where you do.

That’s why I did a teeny bit of fiction revision last week. And why I’m up for the second round of a copywriting/business challenge even though I went through a similar program put on by the same dude. I’m trying to take focused action.

Because I also realize when I’m 35 or 40 or 52, I don’t want to be where I am now. Knowing I want to be somewhere better is the tiny first step–the small second step is a plan, and the huge third step is the guidance/mentorship/what-have-ya to get you there.

All the other steps are the flops and refocusing.

At least that’s how it seems to me.

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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