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Hello all!

I am writing in a new journal!

You can find my newest posts on my website at anastasiamariewriter.com

I’m sorry for any inconvenience.

Keep writing!

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Critiques All Around


The two writing critiques I attended last week were so amazing! The Woodlands Writers Guild had some insightful and praising comments as well as helpful pointers about my sequel, and I look forward to attending another one at the end of the month.

If anyone is a writer and doesn’t have that support group to tell you if you’re “writing in the right direction,” go find one right now! It is so important to have people who can keep you accountable for writing, so you don’t fall into a the never-ending pit of writer’s block.

I thought the first chapter of my sequel was impeccable until my new colleagues tore me a new one. (I was told that my grammar was indeed impeccable, though.) So I’ll be making changes to scenes, setting, and characters because of their input.

I’m so excited to have this support group, and I know that my writing will greatly improve because of it.

The Woodlands Writers Guild


I’ve been looking for a writing support group for a while now, and I think I’ve found a great prospect. I’ll be going to the meeting tonight to check it out. I hope to get good feedback on my work and a hard kick in the pants to keep me writing. I will post again after the meeting with further insights.

I’m so excited!

Stay inspired, my friends!

Comicpalooza 2014


It’s about that time again, people! The Texas Comicpalooza is right around the corner, and I’m so excited!

The most awesome thing happened. My publisher has been chosen to organize the author/writing panels for the convention this May on Memorial Day weekend. That means that I will be speaking at no less than three writing panels along with some other author friends and colleagues.

Among our topics, we will be speaking about transforming story ideas into novels and making those novels perfect, from making sure the characters are realistic and lovable to the intricate details of plot devlopment and structure.

I would be so pleased to see some of you there, and if you come and find me at the palooza, I will be sure to give you a free, autographed copy of my latest novel!

I love you all and hope to see you in May!

Healing the Heartache


I recently had a bad breakup with someone I really cared about but was no longer able to love as I once did. It was hard on both of us, and things seemed to spiral out of control for a while after, but we pushed through.

My heartache has been keeping me low and depressed, but recently, I’ve found that writing sort fiction raises my spirits. Positive, exciting fiction with a happy ending always makes me upbeat. It’s interesting to realize that doing something we love can restore our levity. It certainly restored mine. I’m planning on publishing the short fiction I’ve been writing on Flash Fiction Fridays at the behest of my publisher.

I recommend short fiction writing for anyone who is going through something difficult or stressful; getting the proverbial creative juices flowing and translating that stress into a story that ends happily works wonders for healing the heartache.

Stay positive, my friends.

Writing Frenzy


National Novel Writing Month is here, folks! November is the time to crank out that novel you’ve been “working on” for the past eight years.

I won’t be posting much this month since I’ll be focused on finishing Firestorm, the third book in the Saga of the Answering Storm, so don’t be sad! Be writing!

My handle on nanowrimo.org is BooksAreLife, so send me a message or buddy me, and we’ll talk about all things writing. I’m pumped up this month because I’ve been holding off on the third book, waiting for November to roll around.

The 1,667 daily word count is tough to manage, but write everywhere you can and whenever you can. Finish early if you can. Write in between classes at school, on your lunch break at work, on the toilet (been there, done that), on your porch, in your car, on your bed, and even on the floor if you have to! WRITE

Love you guys! Stay awesome and keep that word count up.

Happy Birthday from a Writer!


It was my uncle’s birthday on Friday, so I thought of a great idea for a birthday present that was entirely unique and inventive.

As a fiction writer, I find great pleasure in making up stories on the fly, and this present idea can be used as a great writing prompt.

Taking the personality and likes of the person whose birthday it is, proceed to write a short story, no more than two or three thousand words, about the person getting super powers, thrown in the midst of a fantasy world of your liking (i.e. Your friend Brad, in your story, suddenly finds himself walking into the magical realm of Middle Earth), or wakes up 300 years in the past. What does he do? It’s also a great way to get to know your friends better. Test your knowledge of your friend’s habits and traits, as well as his moral compass.

Personally, I enjoy creating superhuman origin stories for my friends. Based on their personality, intelligence, and moral compass, I give him/her a single superpower and take the story from there. For example, my uncle is a GENIOUS, so I thought I’d enhance his brain power and throw him into a conflict.

Whatever you decide, I believe this is a great way to have some fun, break that writer’s block, and give a good gift simultaneously.

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