My Journey to Become a Writer 07/03/2024 Post #185

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One of these days I’m going to get on a more reasonable schedule…

It’s 8:55 P.M., and I’m just wrapping things up, so I’m going to keep this short.

What Did I Accomplish Today to Be a Writer?

I did Day 185 of the 100 Words a Day Writing Challenge 2024 through L.A. Writers’ Lab, and I worked in my garden, cleaned out my garage, and took care of odds and ends in my kitchen. I felt like I needed a reset today, so I took a break from writing.

There are still boxes stacked from packing my parents’ house last summer, and it’s kind of discouraging to think that process started over a year ago, and I’m still not finished. So, for the sake of morale, I decided to dedicate most of the day to conquering a pile. Progress was made, but there’s still more.

Yesterday, I didn’t post anything on social media. I felt a little guilty for breaking my streak, but really, I need to get my bearings in some other areas, and get a better strategy.

Tonight I posted a draft I’d already made, but had so much trouble navigating between my business and personal pages on Facebook that I’m not sure how many times it posted. Oops. I feel like I’m twenty years behind in that department – and floundering.

My Content Management Strategies to Create and Schedule Manuscripts and Posts

My strategy right now is to hit pause. I feel like a slacker for saying that, especially knowing how many times I’ve been told that growing my social media platform is crucial, but I just can’t spin every plate at the same time – especially with so much clutter on the stage. So, as I’ve been getting organized regarding tangible things, I’ve been trying to formulate a plan for posting consistently.

My main goal right now is to finish this manuscript about my mom, and get it handed over to a graphic designer, along with appropriate photos for each chapter.

I couldn’t sleep last night, so I listened to more advice on the parameters for recording audiobooks. I think I can figure it out, but I bet it would be worth it to have the help of someone much more experienced than me. Even if I was really skillful in sound editing, my self-consciousness would get in the way.

I also used a credit on an audiobook from Audible. I have to say that the lady’s voice is kind of annoying to me. I’m not saying that to be critical, but to say, it’s actually a huge relief that I don’t really like her tone – because that means mine doesn’t have to be perfect, either. There’s a sense of freedom in seeing other peoples’ imperfections. I think I ought to record my own books – gravelly voice and all.

Thanks for reading what I’m writing,

Jody Susan

The post down below, from 99 days ago goes back to my overuse of semi-colons, which somebody just mentioned again yesterday. I do hope my habits have improved…


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