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Aspiring writer sharing my journey. Topics I write about: mental health, culture essays, all forms of fiction, and poetry.

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Andrew Rexford

Are you participating in national novel writing month? In recognition of #nanowrimo, the above quote is from the @writersdigest book titled “Book in a Month, the fool proof system for writing a novel in 30 days.” Good luck to everyone who is taking the journey to either write a whole book, or outline a whole book this month. #writer #writing #amwriting #nanowrimo2019 #quotes #bookstagram #bookquotes #writingquotes #books #author


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The only way to get better at writing is to keep doing it. Rain or shine, sad or happy, inspiration or writers block, you must persist. Most of the time writing isn’t pretty or instagrammable. Sometimes it’s rough, raw, and belongs in the trash. Do it anyway. This book helped me a lot when I wasn’t feeling persistent, so I’m revisiting to get back to the fundamentals. #writing #writingcommunity #writer #writersblock #persistence #books #amwriting


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⠀⠀ In my mind, we met again ⠀⠀ in a coffee shop in passing, ⠀⠀ on a sunny day. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In reality, we started texting again.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In my mind, we were both older,⠀⠀ more mature, wise, and over ⠀⠀ the past.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In reality, you told⠀⠀ me you couldn’t trust me⠀⠀ anymore.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In my mind, we started again fresh, like strangers meeting ⠀⠀ from a past life.⠀ ⠀⠀ In reality, the pain⠀⠀ from our past echoed ⠀⠀ in your voice.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In my mind, we lived happily ever after⠀⠀ balancing passion with ⠀⠀ the hardships and mundanity ⠀⠀ of life.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In reality, we couldn’t⠀⠀ have a conversation without ⠀⠀ our past seeping in⠀⠀ to form an argument. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In my mind and in reality, ⠀⠀ the final way ⠀⠀ to show my love for you ⠀⠀ is to let you go.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Perhaps only then,⠀⠀ can we dance ⠀⠀ together for infinity.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ————————————————— Notes: This poem is a personal one, but I believe it show’s a situation a lot of people can relate to. Coming to the realization that romantic love is not enough to keep a relationship going is a tough one, and the inner conflict of rationality and emotion can be a lot. In this poem it was the previous baggage of their toxic past relationship that got in the way. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Sometimes something seems great in fantasy and idea, but it just can’t work out in practice. And when it comes to relationships, it’s always a painful but important lesson.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This poem is still a work in progress. I may come back, from time to time, and edit the poem accordingly.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 🖌🎨 licensed through Adobe stock.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ © Andrew Rexford


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My favorite quote from “On Writing: Memoirs of the Craft” by Stephen King #writing #quotes #writers #writer #bookstagram #stephenking #onwriting #inspiration #writersofinstagram #writersofig


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“Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it” – @Steven_Pressfield, The War of Art. I’ve been writing in secret for almost 8 years now. I picked it back up after writing from age 6-10 then quitting. During these past 8 years, my career path was aimed at being a successful Entrepreneur. As a young college student, my online business allowed me to live the life I wanted at that time – which was lots of sleep, lots of drinking, and lots of aimless internet browsing. In business I’ve had more downs than I had ups, but I persisted through all failures and my most recent business that I started 4 years ago with my brother has now skyrocketed from just us two in the summer of last year, to 15 people on our current payroll, and 5 independent contractors. As my income stabilized and my business grew, I realized something: my soul was still empty. After a lot of introspection, I came to the realization that writing is what filled my soul, not being a successful business person. I had always said to myself that once I made enough money I could pursue my true passion, writing. As my earning potential increases I realized something: I could keep moving the bar for “successful” in business and it would lead to writing being nothing but a “one day.” Business is nice and fun, don’t get me wrong, and I’ve brought personal meaning to it by partnering with a mental health awareness charity. But I know when I’m 80 and look back on my life, I would regret not trying to be a writer more than I would regret trying to be a writer and even failing. So at the end of the year, I plan to step down as CEO of my company and pursue writing full time. All work I do for the company moving forward will be focused on writing and spreading mental health related messaging. A lot of my time will be focused on writing stories and poetry and doing anything needed to get better at my craft. I’m nervous the closer this gets to becoming real, but I know that fear is Resistance and I’m ready to face it head on. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life.


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⠀ Here we are,⠀ on this magnificent ⠀ red planet.⠀ ⠀ Hadn’t we dreamed⠀ such dreams before?⠀ ⠀ To think that we⠀ used to speak of this day ⠀ as a far off fantasy.⠀ ⠀ Perhaps I’m asleep⠀ and I’ll soon awake.⠀ ⠀ You lay on my lap⠀ as we did in the Zen Garden⠀ of our youth.⠀ ⠀ But this soil is dry, red, barren.⠀ Begging to be brought to life, ⠀ again.⠀ ⠀ I scan the black canvas above,⠀ looking for the blue dot⠀ we grew up on.⠀ ⠀ Unable to find it,⠀ I turn my head toward you.⠀ I find comfort and life⠀ in those same ⠀ blue eyes. ⠀ ⠀ —————————————————————⠀ ⠀ Notes: This poem is from the point of view of a guy and a girl on Mars. I wrote it for a science fiction story I’m working on. In the story, the couple had been planning on moving to Mars for a long time, and now that they’re there they are excited but things are different and alien to them. If you’re interested in reading the story when it comes out, subscribe to my email list in the link in my bio. ⠀ ps to my followers: this is my second time I’ve post this poem and I may end up reposting it again as I test out formatting of content for this account. ©Andrew Rexford


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If you’re stuck with the dreaded writer’s block that happens to us all, here’s something that works for me. Pull out your notebook or laptop or phone or whatever it is and write down the phrase “I have writer’s block.” Then write how you feel about having it. Then write like you don’t have any self control and let loose.


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