On Writer Shyness // Why We Don’t Want People to Read Our Work

Today, I'm discussing something that impacts my life on a daily basis: why I hate sharing my writing. As a writer, my goal is to publish my work.  The thought of holding my book, flipping through its pages and knowing that readers around the world are doing the very same, quite literally gets me out … Continue reading On Writer Shyness // Why We Don’t Want People to Read Our Work

Annie Debunks Common Writing Advice

As a young writer, people are often all to eager to give me advice.  My age and desired profession give off the idea that I'm young and naïve and have very little perspective on "making it big" as a writer.  To an effect, they're right: I am young, I am somewhat naïve, but I'd like … Continue reading Annie Debunks Common Writing Advice

Annie DNF’ed a Book

Today's been a day of new experiences.  I attended my first college football game (my school, Elon University, won in case anyone's wondering!), bought my first pepper spray (college safety is important), and DNF'ed my first book.  Whew, what a day! I've read a lot of discussion posts lately that address the great DNF debate: … Continue reading Annie DNF’ed a Book

Annie’s Take on Outlining (and Why She Doesn’t Like It)

Let's not beat around the bush: I don't like outlining.  If you've been with me long enough, you've certainly read about my distaste for the practice.  If you're just joining us on this little journey of mine and didn't know my stance on outlining, now we're all on the same page. In real life, my tendencies … Continue reading Annie’s Take on Outlining (and Why She Doesn’t Like It)

Annie’s Approach to Writer’s Block

Today, I'm addressing the bane of every writer's existence: writer's block.  It's that feeling when you know you should be writing something, but you can't think of anything but complete, utter garbage.  Of all writing-related topics to discuss, I feel like this is the topic we bloggers turn to with a startling frequency.  Writers are … Continue reading Annie’s Approach to Writer’s Block

Annie’s July Update

Hello, friends!  Today I'm going to share a little bit about my month in terms of what I read, what I wrote, and what I did with my life other than obsessing over literature.  Let's do this. This month I was a good little reader.  I finally caught up to my Goodreads challenge and am feeling … Continue reading Annie’s July Update

Annie Talks Dialogue Tags: A Discussion Post

Today, I'm addressing the hotly disputed (well, not hotly disputed, but disputed nonetheless) topic: dialogue tags. Let's start with a definition.  A dialogue tag is a phrase that follows, precedes, or breaks up dialogue in writing to describe how the character in question spoke.  For example, in the sentence "'I love to read Annie Likes … Continue reading Annie Talks Dialogue Tags: A Discussion Post

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 … Continue reading What Annie Learned About Blogging in Six Months

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 … Continue reading What Annie Does Before She Writes: My Writing Process