My Journey to Become a Writer 04/05/2024 Post #96

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I’m writing this post while participating in “Quiet Friday”, which is led by Al Watt, author of The 90-Day Novel.

Today’s writing prompt was interrupted by my computer freezing up – it’s funny how that can make my temperature rise with irritation.

I’ve been scheduling this slot to work on my Friday journey post and get a head start for my weekend content in order to finish strong; but perhaps my internet connection can’t handle the meeting and keeping up with my website, too…

I’ll have to rethink what to focus on for these Friday sessions in the future.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 96 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writer’s Lab. This daily discipline has helped to clear my head and keep me moving forward with my writing.

The discussion before we started “Quiet Friday” was on how to distill the theme of a story down to one word, so that all the scenes and dialogue can support the same concept. Along those lines, I’ve finally had a break through this week with my manuscript. I’d been at a loss to come up with one word which all the characters were reaching for.

I think it comes down to the word “protection” with this particular work.

Knowing this, I have a better idea of how to go back and cut out what doesn’t belong and expand on what does.

I’m grateful, because for a while, there has been a real block in my mind about how to get back on track, especially since so many words need to be discarded at the chopping block – not that they will be completely forsaken. I’m thinking I will save them for “soup” of some kind in subsequent manuscripts.

Anyway, I’m rambling now. Time to work on the next two posts – then ready myself to write the numbers into my tax forms.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

The writing prompts in “Quiet Friday” have helped me get my brain warmed up for writing sessions. If writer’s block is a struggle for you, here’s a post with some strategies that could possibly help:

Sometimes it’s just a matter of getting started – like that first tiny push at the top of a sledding hill – that makes all the difference for gaining momentum on working through a manuscript.


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