I Couldn’t Go Around, So He Had Me Do This…

How’s it going? Something unexpected happened during a gaming session yesterday (and its aftermath) that helped me realize something.

Let’s get to it.

I play several online games, and I won’t go into specifics (but I will relate it to writing, definitely).

In this particular game, I was given a scroll that’s basically the start of a complex series of treasure maps, and I had to follow it. Okay, that’s fine. This giant compass of a map was pointing me north, so I went north. I ended up on the first floor of a monster-filled tower, expecting the north marker to turn into an X for me to dig.

But no dice.

I started getting flummoxed because this tower is north of a huge swamp, and it’s on a cliff, so it’s impossible to walk behind (this information will be useful later).

I even went to several other spots in the tower, but the scroll still kept pointing me north. And then I went online to try to figure out if I was standing in the right spot…I was.

So I got my brother on the horn. He tried everything I did…

And then he went further.

He asked me if I had a certain ring (I did), and used it to teleport me the equivalent of 30 miles or more north, to a peninsula behind the spooky tower that’s only reachable by teleport or a boat ride.

And on that peninsula I was able to dig for the box that contained the next clue on the journey.

My point for today? Always take a story or an email, whether it’s research, content, or what-have-ya, a little further than you need to.

It’s more difficult to add or pump up than trim, and what you do snip off can be put into other emails or stories, for sure.

This whole incident generated a blog post for my brother, and now for me, too.

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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