My Journey to Become a Writer 05/04/2024 Post #125

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When I went to hear Anne Lamott, she was saying her book tours last about 18 days.

I’m a recovering nomad. 

I don’t know that I could go back to that kind of lifestyle. 

I did love the excitement of travel for a while, and maybe in some future season, my traveling self will reappear and be gung-ho whenever it’s time to pack; but right now when I see my backpack, which I bought specifically to fit within American Airlines under the seat standards, I feel a twinge of a trauma response. 

Travel has become kind of stressful to me. Instead of feeling like I’m on an adventure, I’m tempted to feel stupid and clumsy when I’m removed from what’s familiar to me.

At this point in my life I’m much more comfortable with having a daily nook to sit and type from than traveling around hoping for an available outlet in a crowded coffee shop. As for standing up in front of people, that’s really not my thing at all. I do wonder if that’s something people “have to do” to succeed as writers.

I probably don’t need to worry about it; but I do, because I don’t want to fail at this writing thing.

When I asked Al Watt, my writing teacher, about this sort of thing, he said every writer is different and some aren’t seen for decades at a time.  This gave me some hope that spending weeks on the road in pursuit of self-promotion isn’t a requirement. Not that Anne Lamott seemed to be touting herself in any way. She came across as very humble to me.  

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I don’t know that I will have access to Wi-Fi tomorrow, so I’m having to pre-post this particular “episode”. That being said, I’m assuming that I will do Day 125 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab, because that has become a daily habit.  

How Having Someone Else as My CEO is Helping My Writing & Business Strategy

My propensity toward people pleasing, self-doubt, and heading in too many directions at once has made it seem necessary in my mind to ask for advice from others and kind of lay out my game plan for somebody else’s eyes in order to ask for help when I start getting lost in my own shuffle. That run-on sentence probably gives you an idea of the difficulty. 🙂

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

This post from 99 days ago was good for me to look back on:

I’m in a good spot for making a less reactionary plan and moving forward with purpose instead of striving for everybody else’s permission.


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