This week I learned that ply does matter. This week I had to skimp on a few things. One of those things was toilet paper. Instead of buying my normal brand i chose a package of twelve rolls. The label on the package basically said Tissue. I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal. Hey, those rolls were just as white as my usual brand. So I bought it. Well, admittedly, I never considered the importance of ply at least not until that faithful moment when I availed myself of the facilities and found myself in need of the new toilet paper I’d bought. I rolled a bit off the roll and I could read the newspaper through it. I rolled a bit more off and quickly found that it wasn’t enough to perform the task at hand.
I went back to my computer(after washing my hands of course) still shocked by the experience. I had no idea that ply was so important. I thought about this a bit and realized that I got exactly what I paid for. I invested $2. I got about 18 uses out of 12 rolls of toilet paper (half rolls for small jobs; whole rolls for big ones.) I begin to apply this new found knowledge to my writing and acting. Do I want to be a .5 ply writer or actress? Of course not! But the real question here is how do you strengthen what you do? How do you become worth the investment?
This week a fellow writer mentioned something about getting a real job. I told her that writing was a real job. But I didn’t always feel this way. I used to think I could just throw something together and someone would give me a HUGE contract. I quickly found out that writing is hard work. As one of my mentors put it, “You’re making a contract with the reader” In order to keep your end of the contract the work must be consistent and correct. In order to create a great work it takes LOTS of editing, rewriting and reading.
So let’s all strive to be 4 ply in all that we do this week.