Alessa’s Adversaria

Adversaria: (pl) (n) a miscellaneous collection of notes, remarks, or observations.

A Rolling Stone…

Steven Pressfield discusses in his book, The War of Art*, the impact of our own inner Resistance on our desires to accomplish our dreams. Resistance with a capital R, because there's nothing stronger to stop us from accomplishing our dreams than our own inner voice, an inner voice that does everything in its power to hold us back, chiefly out of fear. But... "Fear...

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Going Deep – F-R-E-E Writing

F-R-E-E Writing stands for Fast, Raw, Exact-but-Easy writing. It's a stream-of consciousness writing exercise touted by Orna Ross (Irish author and poet, and founder of the Alliance for Independent Authors) as a great tool to plunge into the depths of your soul so that what comes out on the paper is as true to yourself as possible. This exercise can be used in any...

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7 Deadly Sins of Narcissism

A crucial step I take prior to writing any novel is to understand all of my main characters fully. That means turning them into proper, 3-dimensional characters, with their goals, their strengths, their flaws, their fears, their dreams, their prejudices, their traumas... You get the picture. "To plot, you need to know what people care about, and why." ~Mastering...

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To AI or not to AI?

Before I delve into this topic, I would like to preface this piece by stating that Artificial Intelligence isn’t actually a robot with super intelligence that could pretty much be a human, except with limbs of steel and wires. AI doesn’t create anything new (it’s essentially a massive program that detects and replicates trends and patterns, regurgitating results...

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