My Journey to Become a Writer 07/02/2024 Post #184

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I’m still trying to cram too much into a day.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 184 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab.

Then, I listened to more of my manuscript about my mom – and transcribed some of the video footage from my YouTube videos to supplement the text.

Next, I sketched out my vision for a cover and assembled a few things (the title page, preface, introductory poem, first chapter, plus an email someone sent me from a while back that makes me cringe to put any of my work into print). I showed all of that to a graphic designer, and we discussed next steps for getting this project ready for press.

I need to finish going through the text and assemble the pictures I want to use, so we can figure out placement, but today gave me the sense that “stuff is happening”.

I also met with my writing group. We’re working on a collaboration and plan to submit our pieces by the end of the month, so that’s more editing for me to do. I think next week, we’ll swap our work with other members, to get more sets of eyes on each submission.

After that, I tried to track down information about renting a soundproof booth to record my audiobooks, because between birds and big trucks, even the country isn’t all that quiet.

I didn’t post anything on social media today, and don’t know if I should, or not. I’m feeling slightly behind, but at the same time, I’m kind of on a roll with posting regularly, so I don’t want to break that habit… Hmm… I do have a video I could use, but I don’t feel like I could do it well, and I’m determined not to do more scrambling.

Here’s yesterday’s Instagram post:

A view of a corn field inside of an Instagram post
I realized too late that the birds are way too loud in this post.

My Office Management Strategy to Cut Down on Distractions as a Writer

I made some major headway towards unsubscribing. I have grown to loathe email. “Experts” keep telling me to build an email list, but I don’t have the heart to do it. When I see someone’s name in my inbox, other than a friend’s, I cringe. I just can’t do that to people right now. Maybe someday, if I have something significant to offer, but for now, I’d feel too much like spam.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

This post down below, from 99 days ago, was a good reminder to me that the Lord has given me a voice. I just need to keep getting the courage to use it:


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