Annie is Looking for Beta Readers!

Asy'all know, I've been working on a young adult thriller novel since the beginning of time.  (It was actually August 2016, but it feels like I've been working on it since the beginning of time.)  This little project of mine was the brainchild of an independent study I completed my senior year of high school and … Continue reading Annie is Looking for Beta Readers!

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’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

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 … Continue reading How Annie Improves Her Writing Even When She’s Not Writing

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 … Continue reading Annie’s Writing Survival Kit

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