How Annie Improves Her Writing Even When She’s Not Writing

If there's an award for Most Confusing Blog Post Title, I'd like to nominate myself.  As wordy as that title is, it's the best way to phrase what I'm trying to say: I want to talk about the ways I improve my writing even when I'm not writing.  As much as I'd love to sit…

Why Annie Doesn’t Do NaNoWriMo

Hello!  Today's little blog post is something I've been reading a lot about lately: NaNoWriMo.  I've seen a lot of people who swear by NaNoWriMo, but I've never participated myself for several reasons and I'm going to discuss those reasons. Brief disclaimer: I am neither condoning nor condemning NaNoWriMo.  I think it's a fabulous device…

Annie Writes: A Short Story

Today I'm doing something totally out of my comfort zone: I'm sharing a short story!  This is a little piece I wrote for a creative writing class in high school and have been working on ever since.  The full story is also available on my Wattpad. Without further ado, let's get started! Magnolia: A Short…

Annie’s Writing Survival Kit

For me, quality writing is elusive.  I've been working on my novel for just under a year now (which is scaring the crap out of me because it's still unfinished) and I've spent a lot of time figuring out my little superstitious way to ensure maximum productivity and creativity.  Here are the things that help…

Annie Answers Questions: A Celebratory Q&A

I propose a toast: to you, my readers, my followers, the people who think what I'm saying is worth hearing.  Thank you thank you thank you!  In between the time of asking for questions and completing the Q&A, I reached 300 followers, so double the celebration and double the thanks! Let's get right to it:…

An Open Letter To People Who Tell Me that Writers Don’t Make Money

Dear People Who Tell Me that Writers Don't Make Money, Let me start by saying this: you are wrong.  Writers make money.  The good ones make lots of money, the okay ones probably don't.  In truth, I'm an unpublished eighteen-year-old girl who has no authority to be speaking on the financials of my future career,…

What Annie Learned About Blogging in Six Months

Six months ago, I started this little site with the intention of forming a writing network and improving my craft.  While I totally flaked out until the end of May, I've found some serious joy and had some serious fun in the past month building my network and interacting with some seriously talented individuals. To…

What Annie’s Doing: A Reading and Writing Update #2

Is it actually July?  That's what my planner says, but I'm having a hard time believing it.  So much has happened in life and on this little site the past month that it's felt more like a week than a month.  To help usher in July, I'm going to do a little recap of my…

Annie’s Unpopular Opinions

Hiya folks!  Today's lil post is about my opinions regarding book and writing-related things or ideals with which I don't agree.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't lay in bed until 12:30 AM yesterday watching these videos on YouTube, so I'm going justify my binge-watching by calling it "research" for this post. Regardless,…

Annie Talks First Lines

I've had this post on my schedule for a while and I'm super pumped to finally be writing it!  First lines are crucial  in both writing and reading, so I'm going to talk about both sides of the coin: how I write first lines/what makes a good one while highlighting some of my personal favorites. Let's…