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How do YOU write?

2 May

Today’s post is actually a repeat from my personal blog, but it was so interesting to see people’s responses, I thought I’d share it again here! I mean, sure, we LTWFers know you guys through comments, emails, and chats, but it’s always nice to get to know you better! So, I’ve put up a bunch of polls, and if you’d care to share which answers you chose in the comments section, then we can all learn a little more about each other.

So yeah, today the floor is open to YOU.



This is my office space. Do you have one?


I spend over 40 hours a week writing. I KNOW, I’m kinda crazy, but I treat it like a full-time job. My goal is to get at least 2 books written a year. So far, so good…


For this next one, you can choose more than one (since, you know, you would work on weekdays and work 5-7 days a week). I work every single freakin’ day–even on weekends. The week is devoted almost solely to writing/revising, and the weekends are for blogs, crit-work, and website stuff.


If I could go anywhere in the world to write, I’m thinking this place looks pretty nice… Where would you go?


I’m half-and-half. I like to have a beginning, middle, and end in my mind before I start, and I typically sketch out a few scenes before I write them. Yet I also let myself follow a random idea and give my Muse freedom to run wild when she wants.


I definitely have a critique partner–a few, actually. They each have different styles of critiquing, and as such, they each catch different problems–I ♥ them very much.


Oh man, if I could have lunch with any of these three… I think I’d pick Isaac Asimov, Agatha Christie, and William Faulkner. Not only did they live in such exciting, changing times for publishing and writers, but they all had such distinct, kinda crazy (in a good way) personalities!


And so, my dear friends, what did you choose? You tell us in the comments–I can’t wait to find out!


Saturday Grab Bag: Mashup & Poll

31 Jul


Here are some great articles we think you should definitely check out.


  • How to Judge a YA Book by its Cover
  • – Another post about book covers – though this one looks at how some YA covers are embarrassing to be seen with in public

  • The Great Peeta vs Gale Debate: Peeta is a Pansy
  • – Same blog as above, but different post. Henri throws in his two cents over the whole Peeta/Gale debate; and it’s clear whose side he’s on. Definitely one hilarious argument. (Side note: MOCKINGJAY is coming out in 24 days! YESS!)

  • Literature Police
  • – Okay, so this isn’t an article, but the blog itself that we’re linking to. WARNING: There ARE swear words and very strong opinions on this blog. This is more of a rant-type blog that is hilarious.

  • Atlana’s Red Hot Author
  • – A great and encouraging article on YA author Jackson Pearce (author of SISTERS RED)!

  • Jane Austen’s Fight Club on Youtube
  • – Yes, that’s right. A youtube video that is Jane Austen AND Fight Club mashed together. Quite possibly more kick-ass than PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES!

  • Crit Partner Arsenal
  • – An absolutely GREAT post about the different roles some of your crit partners might play, and why these particular roles are helpful in their own right. Very, very good read.

  • The Boy Problem
  • – YA author Hannah Moskowitz gives her opinion on the boy problem in YA lit


    Quotes to Live By:

    [ image from We Heart It ]


Poll – Binding Preference:


Have you come across any noteworthy links this week? Share them in the comments! (You know we love to hear from you, so don’t be shy!)

And don’t forget to check out our book recommendation for The Poison Diaries!

The Awesomeness of Finding a Setting Through Google

1 Mar

by Biljana Likic


Ah, setting. The place where all the magic happens. The city, village, or town where all your characters live out their fate. Setting is something that every fiction writer wants to establish from the very beginning. It’s important to start out with a clear image in mind of where you want your story to be taking place. If you can describe well, either briefly or at length, where everything is happening, it can help set the mood, the colour scheme, and the general attitude people will have whenever they think of the place.

The problem is, if you’re writing something set in a place you’ve never visited, it can be hard to visualize or imagine without pictures. And sure pictures are great, but panoramic walkthroughs are better.

So today, I’m giving you guys a tip that one of my English teachers gave me, so simple and obvious that I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before: Google Maps.

It’s being continuously established that Google rocks at everything, so really it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, (especially with Google Earth,) when I recommend Google Maps as a good writing resource. And here’s why: Google Maps has a Satellite View feature. In a lot of the more popular cities, especially in Europe and North America, you can go into a Street View, which can walk you through the city with awesome and clear images.

Here’s how you can do it.

Let’s say I’m writing a book set in a fictional town in Medieval Italy, an architecture that I don’t know much about. I hardly have anything come to mind, except for what pictures I’ve seen of Medieval France, which isn’t the same. Say also that a courtyard with a clock tower is pivotal to my plot. First, I searched for a medieval town that’s been fairly well preserved. I came up with Siena, a couple hours away from Rome. Luckily, since many medieval towns have courtyards and clock towers, it wasn’t a big deal to find.

Then I went to Google Maps and searched for Siena, Italy. I switched the view, in the top right corner of the map, to Satellite.

Satellite View of Siena, Italy

Then, I clicked on the little orange man in the top left corner of the map, and dropped him down onto the blue highlighted streets. (Because the world is huge, you can’t drop the man down into every street.)

Satellite View of Siena, Italy

And then, voilà!

I’m suddenly in Siena, Italy, with a panoramic view of what’s going on. There’s a courtyard, a clock tower, and it’s Medieval. I can click on arrows to go down the streets, click and drag the mouse to turn in a circle, and double click to zoom in. I also have a box in the bottom right that tells me where I am, and if I click and drag my orange man, I can go somewhere else in the city. Now all I have to do is erase the modern stuff from my minds-eye picture and imagine the action.

Awesome, no? Next time you need to write about walking down a street in New York and you’ve never been there, just pull up Google Maps and do it virtually. Then nobody will be able to say that what you’ve described sounds wrong.

Unfortunately, because of how large the world is, and because Google is very North American/European-based, not every city or town has the Street View option. I’m thinking they’re working on it, so keep a look-out in the future.

And now for a fun poll! Of these five European cities, which would you like to visit most? Check them out on Google Maps. I made sure that Street View was available for them all of them.


Biljana Likic is an aspiring author, currently revising her first novel, TIME IS A FUNNY THING. She’s in her final year of high school, waiting and waiting to graduate, finish university, and finally have all the time in the world to write. You can visit her blog here, and check out her work on her FictionPress account.