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:…

An Open Letter To People Who Tell Me that Writers Don’t Make Money

Dear People Who Tell Me that Writers Don't Make Money, Let me start by saying this: you are wrong.  Writers make money.  The good ones make lots of money, the okay ones probably don't.  In truth, I'm an unpublished eighteen-year-old girl who has no authority to be speaking on the financials of my future career,…

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…

What Annie’s Doing: A Reading and Writing Update #2

Is it actually July?  That's what my planner says, but I'm having a hard time believing it.  So much has happened in life and on this little site the past month that it's felt more like a week than a month.  To help usher in July, I'm going to do a little recap of my…

Annie’s Unpopular Opinions

Hiya folks!  Today's lil post is about my opinions regarding book and writing-related things or ideals with which I don't agree.  I'd be lying if I said I didn't lay in bed until 12:30 AM yesterday watching these videos on YouTube, so I'm going justify my binge-watching by calling it "research" for this post. Regardless,…

Annie Talks First Lines

I've had this post on my schedule for a while and I'm super pumped to finally be writing it!  First lines are crucial  in both writing and reading, so I'm going to talk about both sides of the coin: how I write first lines/what makes a good one while highlighting some of my personal favorites. Let's…

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 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 🙂 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…