My Journey to Become a Writer 05/01/2024 Post #122

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It was encouraging to hear Anne Lamott say that we all overwrite.  She’s now doing articles for the Washington Post – short pieces on getting older, which she says is insulting to be asked about. 

1000 – 1100 words. 

3 ½ pages in length. 

It would probably be a good discipline for me to whittle down my work to a certain word count. 

She was saying a confused reader is an antagonistic reader – that you don’t want people to get lost and feel stupid.  That makes sense.  I waiver back and forth on the word count issue.  My chapters tend to be long and winding, roaming back to where they began. 

Do I want to incorporate that into my style or do the same thing with shorter chapters interspersed?  I’m not sure. 

The latter will take more work; but I can see how it might make what I have to say have more punch. 

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 122 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab.  

My Content Management Strategies to Create and Schedule Manuscripts and Posts

This morning I started implementing scheduled Instagram posts. Those should start popping up in a few weeks. This seems like a much less flustering strategy than what I was trying to do before by posting “spontaneously”. We’ll see if it lasts.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

Looking back at 99 days ago, my first reaction is, “No wonder I was stressed”. Thankfully, today feels like a much more manageable pace:


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