My Journey to Become a Writer 05/03/2024 Post #124

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When I went to hear Anne Lamott speak last week, she encouraged us to close our eyes and think about a response to this prompt:

“There was a tree…”

I could write a whole book on that phrase, and perhaps I will. 

There are so many specific trees that I can’t seem to fit into my memoir, “About Trees”. I don’t have room for them all, so maybe I ought to make those four words a title for a for a future manuscript and include short essays or sketches on each tree. 

When it comes to books I hope to write, I have far too many ideas and need to get crackin’ on my current list before I go nuts…

How’s that for tree talk?

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 124 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab. Since I missed Monday’s Memoir group, I went through the pages that two of our members sent me and made response notes. This process has helped me expand into deeper layers in my own writing – and I’m grateful for the feedback others offer.  

My Marketing & Distribution Strategies for Publishing & Improving My Platform

I think I need to put some time limits in place for my writing goals. Perfectionism seems to be my main roadblock. If I will just set a schedule for myself in the same way that a newspaper reporter sends their copy for print, I can move forward at a more promising pace. Right now I just seem to be paralyzed at the prospect of finishing a project.

To be honest, seeing some typos in other peoples’ work makes me have slightly more courage. I want to offer quality products; but every now and then, I need to be okay with letting a mistake slip by, or I won’t send anything off the production line.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

My look back at ninety-nine days ago is a reminder that I should have been shutting my eyes more during that season and getting more sufficient rest. My body revolted after a while, and I’m still suffering from the after-shocks. Today I am being still and typing from my bed. I’ve had a big week, and I know this weekend will include a lot of activity, so I’m doing my best to be still today and better recover for tomorrow. Here’s a look back at when I wasn’t quite so wise:

I still have a struggle with having to do things the hard way; but hopefully I’m getting better about all that…


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