Make Sure There’s Plywood

How’s it going? Something kinda hit me last night as I was taking care of the cat (which started with going out to bring in the cat’s food for the night so other creatures wouldn’t snack on it). I know I probably wrote about this already, but I’m going to do it again anyway.

Let’s get to it.

So I’m out there, about to get the food, and the cat’s there. He’s halfway down the path, and looking like he’s kinda scared actually, even though he came back before to a nice welcome to be sure (as an outside kitty, he kinda goes where he wants to).

Anyway, I don’t blame him at all for being upset. He was probably halfway down the path because A) One post of the fence is gone because the siding guys took it away to get to the part near the awning and siding they needed to rip off (I’m assuming), so now the fence is basically hanging open, and B) What was the cat’s house (a clamped blanket, straw, and some plywood, is now mostly gone, replaced by the same plywood, only balanced on the straw itself, instead of being two feet or so above it.

The cat also senses the unfamiliar people scents, and there’s still some equipment in the yard from the guys because they’ll be back. And I’m 112% sure the cat doesn’t recognize that equipment, or how it feels, or smells.

So he’s freaked out a bit. But I’m still here, so that’s good. So he concentrated on eating a bit, headbutting the plywood, headbutting me, and that was that.

I’ve made this comparison a bunch of times with readers and prospects being unfamiliar with authors, sales emails, and what-have-ya, but somehow this cat made it more real, I don’t know.

That’s why, with science fiction and fantasy especially, you’ll have to put in some plywood for them to headbutt, so to speak, if they were a cat–something that they know or can easily figure out, and then slowly introduce them to the sort of familiar stuff (for the cat, this would be his new house made with that old plywood on top, even though it’s not protected from wind on the sides by sheet metal anymore, but with straw).

Then we’d proceed to the unfamiliar (which is most of the house itself, around the outside, for this cat).

People will be comparing what they know or realize about modern society to everything you’re telling them.

Use it to your advantage, especially if you use a piece of society or life in an unexpected way.

Which, of course, will be entirely up to you.

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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