My Journey to Become a Writer 06/17/2024 Post #169

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I did not want to write today, because I kept thinking of all sorts of things I should get done instead.

Stalling, I finally sat down and committed to two hours. With some instrumental music from YouTube, the first sixty minutes sailed by. I stood up to take a breather with the story spinning in my head, then sat back down for the second hour.

Another two or more hours flew by, and I nearly missed an appointment, because I lost all track of time.

This was a good lesson in just getting myself in a chair on a daily basis to stay disciplined, despite how I feel.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 169 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab and made quite a bit of progress on the piece I am writing for a memoir collaboration.

After that I met with my writing group and listened in as two members shared their pages, so the rest of us could give feedback. We had more time than normal towards the end to talk about the writing process and the ups and downs of trying to get published. I’m grateful for this group and can see how it has stretched me and been a good support.

My Current Home Management Strategies to Help Stay Organized as a Writer

I started out with these headings a while back as an acknowledgement of all the different facets of life a writer faces. Keeping a clean workspace is one of the top priorities I have for being an effective writer. If my surroundings are a mess, I’m much more likely to procrastinate, so I try to keep chores ticked off my list by having a regular routine.

Today I was tempted to spend the whole day cleaning, organizing, and making meals; but I made myself commit to two hours of actual writing (aside from my other business tasks), and I’m glad I did. There will always be more to clean, so at some point I have to cut myself off.

Speaking of cutting myself off, I’m glad I have set a timer on Social Media, because it’s so easy to get sucked down that time drain, since there’s always more to see and hear. Here’s a video I posted yesterday on Instagram in honor of my dad:

My dad and I - both making faces
We were not always well behaved when my mom would direct, “Just smile for the camera. Let’s take a nice picture.”

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

Rereading this post from 99 days ago is another reminder that my focus needs to be on writing instead of all the hundred-and-one “have tos” I’m told I need to do in order to get published. Finishing a manuscript needs to be my priority – not marketing, or promoting, or social media, or any of the other things that push me to welcome customers when I don’t yet have a product.


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