Annie Plays “Would You Rather”

I was tagged by Aria over at Snow White Hates Apples to complete a particularly challenging round of "Would You Rather" regarding my literary preferences.  I'll spare you the intro and just get right to the game! Would you rather... 1. Read only stand-alones or trilogies? I have to go with stand-alones here.  I love how…

How My Independent Study in Novel Writing Changed Me and My Writing

I'm pretty reserved in person, but there is one foolproof way to get me blabbering: ask me about my independent study.  I loved it.  I love it.  I will continue to love it because it was so freaking amazing. Let me start by telling you how my independent study came to be.  As I mentioned…

What Annie’s Wondering About: A Reverse Q&A

Guess who has two thumbs and just got 100 followers?  This gal!  Thank you so much for reading, liking, commenting, and being a supportive audience.  I've loved every minute and cannot wait to continue meeting so many amazing people. To celebrate the 100 wonderful people who read the ramblings I send out into the depths…

What Annie Does Before She Writes: My Writing Process

As I wrote this post, I had two Google Chrome tabs open: the "Edit Post" page on which I wrote this little excerpt of my life... and my unfinished manuscript.  Sorry to say it, but I was procrastinating in my writing process by writing a post about my writing process.  How paradoxical.  Regardless, I appeased…

What Annie’s Doing: A Reading and Writing Update #1

Hello lovelies ūüôā So I've been seeing a lot of mid-month writing and reading updates both on WordPress and on my YouTube feed and I thought, "heck, why not do it myself?" ¬†I've been in kind of a rut about what to post on my blog as of late and I think that this might…

How NOT to Write a Book: A Six-Step Process

The first thing I did when I decided to write a book was look up "How to Write a Book." ¬†With so much advice out there and so many conflicting opinions, it's hard to know what will really work for you. ¬†Writing a book has to be a customized experience because your book and its…

Don’t Worry About It: My Biggest Struggle as a Writer and How I Overcome It

There's nothing quite like the feeling of pure, undeniable inspiration. ¬†It's as if the stars align, the sky opens up and a beam of sunlight shines down on you, your computer, and the brilliance in your head. ¬†Your fingers are typing faster than you thought humanly possible and your thoughts are spilling onto the page…

How Taking Chemistry Made Me a Better Writer

When I decided that I was going to take Advanced Placement Chemistry my senior year of high school, I got my fair share of puzzled looks. ¬†"But you're an English person," they'd say. ¬†"What are you doing in a Chem class?" In truth, they weren't wrong. ¬†I was even surprised that I wanted to take…

Why I Write Unapologetically

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a full-fledged Pinterest addict. ¬†Pinterest is such a useful resource as a writer and I always find new thoughts or images that spur my creativity and induce inspiration. ¬†(You can follow my personal Pinterest here ¬†and my writing Pinterest here). ¬†I never know what I will…

My Writing Playlist

As any writer knows, the muse is a tricky thing to pin down at the right time. ¬†As I've developed as a writer over the past few years, I've learned that music is an easy way to get my creative juices flowing. Here is a list of my favorite songs to listen to while writing.…