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:…

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…

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…