My Journey to Become a Writer 06/26/2024 Post #178

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This was a super-full day.

By the end of my gardening stent, I was walking like a sasquatch, since my shoes were so laden with mud. My hands and forearms got covered with lettuce seeds, since it rained on my packet.

I did get lots of thistle pulled and quite a bit planted; but I’m not sure about the life left in my seeds, because they’ve been stored a long time.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

After that, I entered the editing zone – trying to cut out about 500 words from a 5,500 word piece. I have had about seven readers giving me feedback on this one, so I lined up the edits in my toolbar and read through suggestions one document at a time to get an overview, then went back and worked my way through each one again.

Next, I used the “Read Aloud” feature for a third run through a friend’s piece. She’d done a great job expanding her story, so I was really proud of her efforts. We had a meeting where we exchanged some mutual appreciation, along with a few corrections and clarifications for each other, and made plans for next steps. I think we’re both pretty much at the finish line, other than having the pieces read by people involved in our stories. They are due the 30th, so in the next few days we will be facing a sprint.

I still need to go back through and switch some semi-colons to commas, and maybe add a couple of tiny details – but I’m at 4,999 words, so I can only actually add one more.

I also did Day 178 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab.  

Tomorrow I might plant my kale. In the meantime, here’s a look at my Instagram from yesterday:

A shirt with a piece of kale and the saying, "don't kale my vibe".
I can hardly pass up a pun.

My Content Management Strategies to Create and Schedule Manuscripts and Posts

All these daily journals I’m writing here have been pretty much pre-formatted, so I just open up the draft and fill in information below the subheadings. That saves me so much time.

Wednesdays are my content creation focus days; but I’m also trying to get at least two hours of solid writing in every weekday morning. Somedays it doesn’t happen, but other days I lose all track of time and forget to eat, because my fingers don’t leave the keyboard.

My focus right now is getting the Covid collaboration piece ready by the thirtieth and preparing my manuscript about my mom, so that it can be published. I’ve been listening to my own writing with “Read Aloud”, because sometimes my ears catch mistakes or confusing spots that my eyes miss.

And now I need to give my eyes a break, so I’m signing off.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

I’ve still had a tendency to get overwhelmed, but not as badly as this past winter. I’m thankful for a slower pace, and that I can mostly stay home:


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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