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…

What Annie Read: Everything, Everything Book Review

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Everything, Everything is a book that I've been looking forward to reading for a  long, long time.  I've heard a lot of hype about how absolutely wonderful Nicola Yoon's first novel is in addition to obsessively watching the movie trailer once or twice (more like seven times).  So when I…

What Annie Read: Red Queen Book Review

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard I know we're not supposed to judge books by their covers, but I think that breaking this unwritten reading rule is certainly acceptable when it comes to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.  As depicted above, the cover is relatively plain: a simple silver crown overturned, dripping with what appears to be…

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 Favorite Snow Day Reads

There's something beautiful about frolicking through a field of gleaming white snow... until your nose gets cold, and then it's time to come inside for a cup of cocoa and a good book.  Here are some of my favorites to put you in a wintry mood or, if you don't enjoy snow in your socks,…

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.…