Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

The ten most visited posts on my blog in 2016:


This year my writing energies have been devoted to toiling away at the first book in an epic quest trilogy. This post I wrote on the editing process has piqued the interest of lots of readers: Monkey See: Journey to a Book (Part 2) – Editing.


Monkey See explores, in part, the way memory shapes human experience, and depicts the effects of an Alzheimer’s-like pandemic. It inspired this post: Speak, Memory: 10 Books on Remembering & Forgetting.

This is one of the four of my most-popular posts this year which are from my Top Ten series. Who doesn’t love a ‘listicle’?


We’re just about ready for people to start publishing their favourite books of 2016, but if you’re lagging behind with your reading, as I often am, my Top 10 Books of 2015 list includes historical fiction, self-help, speculative fiction and memoir.


I’m always saying the term ‘dysfunctional family’ is a tautology—all families are dysfunctional in their own ways; and the enduring popularity of my Top 10 Novels About Dysfunctional Families confirms that we’re all searching for evidence that we’re not the only ones!


2016 has been an ugly year in so many ways – deaths of some amazing artists and a feeling that in attitudes to tolerance and acceptance of people who are different from us, we are going backwards. Though I greatly admire and appreciate books like Hanya Yanighara’s A Little Life (which tackles the legacy of childhood sexual abuse) and Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things (which explores contemporary misogyny), sometimes I want a book which lifts my spirits. Clearly I’m not on my own in my desire for a little escapism; my Top 10: Feel Good Books is a perennial favourite.

5, 4, 3

In May I launched a new series on the blog called How to Become a Writer, in which I invite writers to share their often circuitous journeys to writing and publication. The popularity of these posts proves my theory that it’s comforting to know other writers also take many false steps on the path. The three most-visited are from Robyn MundyRashida Murphy and Ryan O’Neill. Read them to know a) you’re not alone and b) you’ll get there in the end.

How to Become a Writer


The armchair travellers among you seem to have enjoyed some virtual literary tourism, vicariously experiencing the delights of Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2016.



Money talks! My most popular blog post this year is the one in which I dished the dirt about how much (little) money I earn from writing: How Much do Writers Earn?


A big thank you

to all those who read my blog, leave comments and share my posts on social media: I appreciate it very much and hope you’ll continue to share the writing journey with me in 2017.



2 thoughts on “Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

  1. Fascinating post Annabel. I know I read some of these, but I certainly was one of the armchair travellers!

    As for your No. 1 I never fail to be impressed by the way writers cobble together some sort of living to keep on writing. As a result, although I know many don’t approve of prizes I think they have a role albeit they probably mostly go to those writers who are at the top of the earning heap anyhow. Still, I’ll never forget Luke Davies’ response to winning the PM Literary Prize for poetry a few years ago. It was clearly a life-saver.

    Anyhow, good luck for 2017. I look forward to seeing more of your posts then!

    1. Thanks Sue! I always find it disappointing when prizes go to writers at the top of the heap, when there are other much needier writers in the shortlist! I know prizes are not awarded on ‘need’ but I would still rather see a prize go to a writer whose life it might really make a difference to, than one who’s already making a decent living from their work. Of course, in Australia, those making a ‘decent living’ are still hardly making out like bandits and probably still need all the help they can get.

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