My Journey to Become a Writer 06/20/2024 Post #172

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I’m so glad I set aside my draft yesterday, when I’d hit a wall, because this morning I had a break through.

I think it was because I’d been trying to write around my fear, instead of setting it in the center of the stage for all to see.

Writing about the fear, instead of trying to circumnavigate it makes the piece make so much more sense.

The issue comes down to vulnerability; but it seems like the more a person exposes what they’ve been trying to hide, the easier it is to have compassion and empathy. Humility is much more loveable than pride; but why do I tell myself to pretend it isn’t?

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 172 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab and wrote a new draft that is down to 6,000 words with the goal being to get it to 5,000, or less. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Instagram post wound up my small series on Swiss vending machines. Here’s a look at the latest, if you’re looking for your change:

A Swiss vending machine
Who knew you could buy fondue from a vending machine?

Research & Development I’m Doing to Improve My Writing & Business Strategy

Learning to give and receive feedback from other writers has been a good stretch for me. Helping people work through their stories, and editing is an aspect of the writing business I’d like to expand into in the future, so it’s good for me to get practice as I process my own manuscripts.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

The post below, from 99 days ago, highlights two life mishaps when I was specifically trying to do something to recharge, and talks about my tiny house solar panels – speaking of which, I hope to start sharing that story soon:


I'm not sure what to say here: I once got second place in a dog-look-alike-contest? I know how to fold a fitted sheet? I'm pretty much a poster child for social backwardness - at least as far as social media is concerned; but I have some stories I think I'm supposed to share and am attempting to do that here, in this space.

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