Personality Packed Between the Pixels: How a Friend of Mine Became a Better Friend in an Hour a Week

How was your weekend? Mine went really well–got to goof off with some good friends, watch a bit of TV, and just relax.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

Last night, when we were hanging out over Discord (the chat app designed for gamer people, but really for everyone, I think), one of the guys who’s starting to become a regular wasn’t there.

I thought a bit about it, and realized I enjoyed hanging out with him–I actually know him in real life, and I thought it was cool to be able to talk to him more (before we got him involved, we only talked once a year when we met in person).

Now we get to talk (granted it’s with gaming in the background, so concentration is a bit split) for an average of about a hour or so a week, depending on when he’s available. Among the shooting of pixels, little bits about what we’ve been up to will emerge here and there, and we slowly figure out how everyone’s been doing.

And I also get to know this guy a little bit better, because talking with him for two hours a year wasn’t really helping me out very much at all (and Facebook isn’t as great as other methods, sometimes).

On to the pointola…

That’s a lot like characters in your stories, actually. Your readers get to know them, a little at a time. If they like what they see, or are curious, they’ll want to know more. So you give it to them.

It also works for emails, sales letters, or what-have-ya, because it’s characterization and storytelling.

Strangely enough, to me, life seems to deal a lot with those two things, in one way or other.

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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