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
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!
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
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)
I'm a firm believer in judging a book by its cover. Covers set the precedent for the book and its content. Covers create a bias from the second you lay eyes on the book: a good cover is intriguing, even if the book is the literary equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. So I welcome … Continue reading Annie’s Favorite Book Covers
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
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
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 … Continue reading Little Miss Independent: How My Independent Study in Novel Writing Changed Me and My Writing