And the new LTWF contributor is…

3 Feb

Why, hello there!

I’m Biljana Likic, the brand-new LTWF contributor! I’m extremely excited to be part of this great group of writers for both the learning experience and the community. This is an awesome place for both the readers and writers to become more familiar with the ropes of publishing and seek writing advice. Look out for my first official article coming out on Wednesday, February 24th, on the topic of “Finding Love”.

And now for some more about myself!

I live in Toronto, Canada, I’m 18 years old at the moment, and I’m finishing up my last year of high school. After that, I’m planning on going to university for English and Medieval Studies. And after that, I’m totally going to rock the nation with novels. Hopefully.

The novel I’m working on right now is called Time is a Funny Thing, creatively named after the original first sentence when I started it in 2007. I never even dreamed that I would finish it, let alone be on revisions. I only just became comfortable with calling it a “novel” in the past few months. Before that, it was just a “story.” Now, my goal is to get it published.

I’ve always been interested in writing, and I still have the handwritten drafts of stories I wrote for English class in elementary school. They’re embarrassingly childish now, but they’re a testament to how much time it took me to realize this as my dream. Writing wasn’t always my first choice. Since being in a fun little production of Snow White in Grade 1 (I played the wicked witch, when she was pretty, of course,) I’d always wanted to be an actress. It was last year that I realized that while I’d always love the stage, I didn’t like the politics. I would rather be judged on my intellect through a query letter than my looks through an audition. Another part of my reasoning was that if acting was essentially just my lying about who I am, and if I was good at it, then writing should be a breeze. After all, where do lies come from but from the imagination? The final kick came from the epiphany that my writing is the only thing that I’ve never needed any kind of outside motivation for. It’s always for myself. I hope I never lose that.

And…that’s pretty much all I have to say! You can find Time is a Funny Thing under B. Likic on FictionPress. It’s about how the lives of three girls get completely entangled, while two opposing sides battle it out for the discovery of eternal life. You will hopefully find it quite humorous. Also, you can visit my blog here.

Thanks for reading!

Biljana Likic

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7 Responses to “And the new LTWF contributor is…”

  1. Rachel S February 3, 2010 at 10:56 AM #

    OMG I also called my novel a “story” up until a few months ago. My family thought it was a short story for the longest time. lol. I thought no one else but me did that! Glad to know I am not alone! 🙂

    And I am so excited that you joined LTWF!!!!!!

    • bee245 February 3, 2010 at 4:49 PM #

      Hahaha no man it was a story in my mind for two years :P.

  2. junebugger February 3, 2010 at 1:09 PM #

    Same here. I called my novel a “story”–and people are always like: “oooh I want to read it too! How long is it? one…two…three pages?” And I’d give them the face and say: “Double spaced? Over 300 pages. Single spaced, font 10? errmmm around 100 to 200 pages?”

    Yah. I will call my “story” a novel now. I just sound so cocky though when I say: Oh, yes, I wrote a novel.

    Anyway. I’m glad you’re a contributor now! woo hoo go Canada!

    • bee245 February 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM #

      Gah! Exactly! I always felt like people would look at me and think “Oh great. A novel, eh?” and in their minds think “Psh. Who does she think she is? She’s going nowhere.”

      And yes, go Canada indeed :D.

  3. Rowenna February 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM #

    OK, even “my story” is better than “umm, this thing I kind of am writing sort of.” Calling it my novel sounded so pretentious! And I worried about the pity stares from people who think I’m bats for writing a “novel.” And, worse, the expectation stares from people who think writing goes zip! to publishing. I’m slowly gaining confidence calling it a novel, though. Easing into it. Going to work on my second novel, now (see, I can do it!).

    • bee245 February 3, 2010 at 5:03 PM #

      Yeah! It started with “oh I just kind of had this cool idea….” and then gradually turned into “oh just this story I’m kind of writing for kicks” and then only in the last like, two months, I told myself to stop being so insecure and just call it what it is. But you’re right; “novel” can sound extremely pretentious. Especially when you’re in high school and everyone just looks at it as a whim, as if you’ll never finish it, and it’ll never amount to anything.

    • svonnah February 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM #

      Totally. You have to Own a novel. You have to stand up and take whatever people can give to you, because they really don’t know how it works, lol.

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