My Journey to Become a Writer 02/13/2024 Post #44

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I started my day off far too early.

I’ve made a rule for myself not to get up before 5 a.m. – but broke that little law by getting out of bed about 2:45, because I just couldn’t seem to fall back to sleep.

By the time tiredness hit, around 7:30 a.m., I’d gotten through most of my morning routine and spent a chunk of time editing.

Deciding a dose of caffeine would do me some good, I poured cream into my insulated tumbler, then immediately added two tablespoons of Starbucks blonde coffee grounds straight into my cup.

I panicked and put the contents of the cup into the coffee maker. A brief moment later that splash of dairy started dripping out.

I was cracking up by that point, singing the song, “Nobody knows me like You do, You put your arms around me and pull me through.”

Somebody asked today if anyone had a song on their heart, and I shared my morning mishap, and tried to sing the song; but couldn’t remember the singer. I just looked it up, and it’s Benny Hester:

I only know a little bit about you, Benny Hester. I hope it didn’t hurt your feelings that I didn’t know you were the one who sings this song.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 44 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through LA Writer’s Lab, had a meeting about my manuscript, and met with some fellow-writers.

What Am I Afraid of Doing Next in My Journey as a Writer?

I’m kind of scared of facing my manuscript again (with the goal of reducing it down to two-thirds, or maybe even half); but after my meeting today, I started to get a smidgen of courage.

Stuff I find myself saying: 

– Jody Susan

I’m leaving that blank, because so often what I find myself saying is not out loud. It’s all the thoughts in my head of how things need to come together in a tangled order that keeps me spinning in circles. Sometimes I wish there was a step-by-step list for how to get through life. At least we can tell stories about our mishaps.

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

It’s 10:50 p.m. – way past my bedtime, so my efforts at balance are to just end this paragraph here.

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

I made a mental commitment to spend this season focusing on my writing. I’m doing my best to stick with that goal.

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

Today I met with someone who is helping me edit this book. The agent I spoke with last week recommends I shorten it, so I’m going to go back to my outline and see what can be cut out.

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

Not much happened with this today. I did talk with someone about branding issues and my About page.

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

All I did was post this.

Not so Fun Fact About Me:  I’m tired.

What I’m Doing About Networking as a Writer

I met with some fellow writers, had a meeting about my manuscript, spoke with some people about upcoming projects, and that’s about it.

What I’m Doing About Monetization as a Writer


What I’m Doing About Social Media as a Writer

Standing at a distance, like an uncertain kid at a petting zoo, trying to decide if it’s worth the risk of approaching it.

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

I added my name to the tags in my posts.

What I’m Doing to Stay Organized as a Writer

Today I turned in my form for having a P.O. Box and got my insurance squared away. Making shorter, more focused lists at the first of the week helps me feel less overwhelmed.

Trivia Question: How many references have I made to stress and feeling overwhelmed in this one post?

Never mind. Don’t answer that.

At the top of my To Do List is to manage my stress better. Mostly by using the word, “No”.

Looking Back at My Writing Journey

It’s been way too long since I woke up this morning. Time to brush, floss and go to bed.

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

I keep being told I need to grow my email list, so that I can get subscribers and send out newsletters; but I find myself resenting people who keep filling my inbox with updates. Do I really desire to be that person people just want to delete?

And why don’t I delete the people who overwhelm my email from the start? Is it a fear of missing out, or that I’ll hurt their feelings if they see their numbers drop, or worse yet, that they might somehow know I was the one that didn’t want them? I don’t want to discourage anybody just by clicking unsubscribe; but I also don’t want my inbox cluttered.

Okay, I’m talking too much. Goodnight.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

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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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