The Dark Side of Trying New Things, Explained by a Fritzy Laptop and Internet Connection

How’s it going? I know I kinda gave it away in the title today, but I hope you’ll stay around long enough for me to explain (and maybe have a laugh).

Let’s get to it.

After hearing about my laptop’s shaky relationship with my internet connection, my brother told me I could just move to another spot in the house, and try it from there.

I didn’t think of it until my brother suggested it, actually. So I tried it out, and things seemed to work for awhile.

I thought I had it made. If I had to permanently move to another room to get things done, that didn’t matter too much.

And then they seemed to go backward to what I was dealing with before–meaning barely able to do anything but write to you now, email, a couple simple games, and maybe Facebook, but even that takes longer than I would like.

The dark side of all this “new” stuff, as applied to writing, is of course…

Sometimes it doesn’t work.

As a writer, you know what I’m talking about…

Characters who seem all wrong for a story

Plots that your main character would run from, based on how you set them up, when you need them to overcome something

Subject lines that seem hollow or boring

And on and on…

You can either push in the same direction, shelve the what-have-ya that’s giving you a problem in favor of another project (for now), or take things in a totally different direction.

For me, that depends on whether I have a deadline, how tired I am at the time, and lots of other things (with everything equal, I find switching or resting to be the best alternatives).

And if something doesn’t work after a few more pushes, I’m super okay with putting the whole thing aside, or using bits and pieces for another project (if you can do that with what you’re working on).

I recently discovered Twine (the app, not the stringy stuff). I’ll be playing around with it–for research, honest (I discovered a company who wants people to use it in an application to work with them, so we’ll see how this goes).

That’s the subject for another post, of course (including why I use that exact phrase when I come up with other ideas that don’t fit in to what we’re talking about at the time).

All right, that’s it for today. If you’re running around with your laptop, so to speak, as far as your writing goes, I hope my suggestions’ll help.

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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