My Journey to Become a Writer 01/09/2024 Post #9

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I started my day with a long and rather unrealistic list.

As the hours went by, I felt like I wasn’t making much traction; but it’s funny how when I hold my tasks with an open hand, sometimes I get set right down in a space where things I wasn’t expecting just fall into place.

It’s 8:18 PM, so I’m going to wait to elaborate; but I’ll just say that during our writers group today, I definitely saw the benefit of people pooling their efforts. I tend to be such an introvert that I can only see myself flying solo on my manuscripts; but my limitations are glaring, and I am glad to see that relationships are being built that I believe will be mutually beneficial.

I did Day 9 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through LA Writer’s Lab.

Stuff I find myself saying:  I need to get internet service set up. and get a printer.

-Jody Susan

How Am I Balancing the Different Aspects of Being a Writer?

I’m learning to look for help from people with other skills.

What I’m Doing About Building a Body of Work as a Writer

Today I had some good conversations about publishing, and got the courage to give a synopsis of my story to some people who were interested. I was grateful for their support, because it has been a scary thing for me to share my work. The last thing I want to do is waste other people’s time, and I’m pretty self-conscious that will be the case, if they spend time on my words.

What I’m Doing to Complete My Manuscripts as a Writer

I had a conversation with someone today who has a desire to help people get published. I am hoping the two of us can work together to help each other do what we feel called to.

What I’m Doing to Grow My Website as a Writer

I re-watched a few more Project 24 videos on search analysis and ideation.

What I’m Doing to Build My Blog as a Writer

Tonight I utilized Canva to make the rest of the 366 feature images for this series. It made me laugh that this is a Leap Year, so I’ve got an extra day to get done to complete this series.

What I’m Doing About Networking as a Writer

Today I met with our local writers group. It was fun to get to read other people’s work. I thought we made great strides in supporting one another’s goals. I shared a poem I posted before about Ashes and Dust. It’s still hard for me to set my work out for others to see; but I’m glad that I did. You can read the poem I wrote by clicking here, then scrolling down to the indented part.

Not So Fun Fact About Me: I can feel my face get red when it’s my turn to share my writing in a group setting.  

What I’m Doing About Monetization as a Writer

Still not putting effort into that aspect. I know it’s important, if I want to sustain what I’m doing; but right now, it seems more important to build a body of work and be able to share it well, before I turn my focus on turning a profit (or at least breaking even).

What I’m Doing About Social Media as a Writer

I’m thinking through how often I want to post, and if I want to post at all. Do I really want to be doing something because people say, “You have to”? I’m still dragging my feet on that decision.

What I’m Doing About Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Writer

Someone recently suggested that I use Chat GPT to write my About Page. I about shuddered. Something about that bothers me. I did a lot of thinking about that today and plan to share my thoughts in a separate post some other time.

What I’m Doing to Stay Organized as a Writer

I started a planner especially for specific posting and writing goals, separate from my personal planner. I will use both; but the posting planner will probably have some goal setting involved, instead of just a To-Do List for the day.

Looking Back at My Writing Journey

This summer, I got to a point in Project 24 where I was encouraged to “Network with my Niche”. I had no idea how to do that, and frankly wanted to flee from the idea of interacting with strangers. In just six months time, I’ve completed community college classes, joined a couple of online courses, become a member in more than one writing group, and built relationships with other writers I would have probably never spoken to without the Project 24 nudge to get me out of the nest.

I still have a struggle with feeling like an imposter; but I’m seeing some progress in getting more comfortable with making my writing available to others.

What about you? What decisions have helped you along in your writing journey, and what has held you back?

Feel free to comment down below.

Any Other Thoughts on Becoming a Writer, Random Rants, Tales, or Trials…

Not really. I do wish I had a video of myself from today. I was visiting with some people who are hilarious story-tellers; but I was so tired, I could totally feel my eyes crossing at their kitchen table. They finally told me to go take a nap on their couch. It definitely helped.

Thanks for reading, Jody Susan


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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