May 25 2017

Alexandra Mars

I have been working on my latest WIP (Work-In-Progress) since I want a complete draft written before I return to finish the second installment of Deadman’s Planet.

A couple of weeks on fleshing out the idea, developing the characters, and figuring out the overall plot to perceive how the story is evolving. Then I started the outline process by filling in the gaps and how the characters will perform their roles in the story’s structure.

Last night, I was reminded why I loved to write. A feeling of joy raced through me, making my skin tingle with anticipation while I was writing; that’s when I discovered an unexpected turn happened in my current story’s plot, which had me bouncing in my chair.

Lo-and-behold, my minor character presented me with a little gift, well a huge gift. I needed him to fill in a gap, and he revealed what he had…

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What I battle

Alexandra Mars

Living with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) in my adult life is combating the crippling fatigue. Yesterday, I had a hideous day, since I spent my whole day lying down. Now, I’m paying the price my aching joints are refusing to move.

JRA’s fatigue never dissipates, lurking in the dark crevices, and desiring an opportunity by launching an energy-draining web on me, causing a never-ending tiredness.

There’s my ADD mind longing to write or work on other tasks on my to-do-list. At times, the struggle can be overwhelming, where I desire to release a powerful scream, eradicating my frustration by rattling the windows.

What keeps me sane is focusing on my goals and tasks I want to achieve by reducing the stress and pressure. Like today, I’ll prioritize what I want to accomplish, and figure out which of my household chores needs to get done to keep my joints moving at…

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Is it necessary to write every day?

Alexandra Mars

We’ve seen do and don’t lists on Facebook and other social media for writers. You’ve probably seen the huge debate on writing every single day and I want to share my opinion on the topic.

This past January, I was writing my draft and wrote every day since I had a deadline. A few days I could barely reach the 500 word count. By the end of January, my mind refused to write. I couldn’t believe it. I chatted with my writer’s friend, explained my predicament, and the advice I received was to just relax. I did. That week I finished my goal by completing my rough draft.

I learned the human mind can endure a heavy workload. The mind requires relaxation to replenish the creative juices after a writing session.

The human mind is like the body for it needs to rest from writing and developing a story. Writing…

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Is it necessary to write every day?

We’ve seen do and don’t lists on Facebook and other social media for writers. You’ve probably seen the huge debate on writing every single day and I want to share my opinion on the topic. 

This past January, I was writing my draft and wrote every day since I had a deadline. A few days, I could barely reach the 500-word count. By the end of January, my mind refused to write. I couldn’t believe it. I chatted with my writer’s friend, explained my predicament, and the advice I received was to, just relax. I did. That week I finished my goal by completing my rough draft.

I learned the human mind can endure a heavy workload. Then the mind requires relaxation to replenish the creative juices after a writing session.

The human mind is like the body for it needs to rest from writing and developing a story. Writing engages the thought process on so many levels, resulting in a rigorous workout.

My philosophy is to write on a daily basis when I’m working on a rough draft of my story. My advice to you since we need to protect our creative juices is to keep writing. Without the creative juices flowing in our minds, we will have no stories to write.