Getting Straightened Out after a Horrible Mix-Up

How’s it going? It turns out my brother did stop me from embarrassing myself tonight, by finding out what I’d been working on a couple days ago.

Let’s get to it.

As part of his Dungeons and Dragons setup, my brother has each character make up a story about how they met every other character.

I’d listened to all the live streams of the other game sessions, so I came up with a really good two stories for the other characters I haven’t played alongside yet. I was gonna buy out a bakery with a vampire guy and save the gun-toting rogue from being assassinated shortly after his new role as king.

And then my brother came to set me straight.

I remembered that we’d been on the crew of the same ship for the past year and a half. But I forgot that while the rogue was off getting the kingship and the vampire was vacuuming up piles of money, I was on the ship. Which meant that we all still knew each other. Which doubly meant any stories about us bumping into each other would have to have happened before then.

Triply, I couldn’t meet the rogue for the first time as king, because I already knew him when he wasn’t–and more importantly, he already knew me, too. And the vampire would have no money to buy the bakery because as mercenaries we’re nigh flat broke. Besides, by the time he has the money, I already know him.

So I’ll have to tweak the stories (I think I can keep 90% of the vampire one, but the other one had to be retooled–but it was a great fiction exercise for me).

For writers, this is huge.

Fiction writers have timelines, especially for longer pieces like novels–and things get even stickier with novel series. You can’t have someone meeting someone else in the past when they’re five and take them out for strawberry ice cream, if that person hated strawberries until they were twelve, for instance.

For copywriters and other types of writers too, they have a process or steps they take prospective clients through–and a lot of the time, those steps have a certain order–you probably wouldn’t invoice for work before you booked a strategy call (unless of course you charge for those calls).

That’s about it for today. Tonight, I’m hoping that my elf character gets out of the trunk of an old car. We’ll see.

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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