Wednesday, August 22, 2012

LOVE List

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.



This week’s topic

Inspired by Stephanie Perkins' post on Natalie Whipple's blog, what is your novel's "Love List"?

When Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) begins a new project, she generates a “What I Love about This Story” list—sometimes short, sometimes long –and she uses this “love-list as a touchstone to remind myself during the hard times why my story is worthwhile.” Also, by taking note of the things she loves, she has a guide during the revision process to build those things up.

I LOVE this idea! As I read Stephanie’s post, my brain cycle immediately set to churn. Five loves instantly grew to ten, then fifteen, then, well…I tried to stop, keep the list short, but come on, this is me we’re talking about!

Here’s what I love, love, love about my WIP:

The BEACH

Friday Night Football

ball-busting locker room antics

yellow roses

English classes that are hard to get through

blindsides

Spanish Omelets

hero worship

naked exploits

football

long phone conversations

playing with heart

skee ball bets

curses

sisters

football

Disney Princesses

sunglasses

Homecoming

love

hummingbirds on crack

shameless one-liners

UNC Chapel Hill

abstinence pacts

Vince Lombardi

Crisco

redemption

football

Paradise Lost


At writeoncon last week, Jennifer A. Nielson (The False Prince) discussed identifying your voice and one way to do that is to “know your stuff.” And not so much writing what you know, but more “what you love.” “Because when you love a topic, you want to know all about it.”

Write what you love.

That's what I'm doing. Writing what I LOVE. And I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to get back to writing!

What’s on YOUR love list?

51 comments:

  1. You had my attention at ball-busting antics and long phone convos, but you had me absolutely sold when I reached hummingbirds on crack and shameless one-liners!

    Have fun getting back to your writing! :) If this post is any indicator, you've got a really strong voice for YA.

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  2. This is a great idea, especially for those times when I'm just not feeling so happy about my story. For my current wip, I'd say I love travel, vintage cowboy boots and hayrides! :)

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    1. I thought so too. I am printing out my list and taping it to the folder that holds my hard copies. I need that reminder. :)

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  3. I get the impression football figures prominently in your story? ;) Great list, Alison. In fact, it almost works like a query for your novel. The words you chose paint a picture that gives me a good idea what it's about--at least I think it does.

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    1. haha - I can't even imagine having enough gumption to use this as a query, but yes - it does speak volumes about my story. And yes - football does play a big role. Almost like another character. :)

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  4. Any book that is down for loving football twice is cool with me.

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  5. I love this list, Alison! And am looking forward to reading one day :) I am also pretty excited that Disney Princesses has a spot in a book with lots of football AND the long phone conversations is dead-on. I can't imagine a teen relationship without long phone conversations. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks! There are quite a few of those phone conversations. And I am excited for you to read it some day too!

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  6. What a great idea! (Hummingbirds on crack? :D)

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    1. Hee. Everyone seems to love that one. :)

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  7. This is a great list. I especially love: shameless one-liners and Friday Night Football (we're watching Friday Night Lights for the first time, so I'm kind of in that mood right now!). I can't wait until this is published and I can get my hands on it! :)

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    1. We're just getting started in NC with Friday Night Football and I can't wait to get to a game. Also, LOVE FNL so yeah...football. *sigh*

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  8. I know, right? Hummingbirds on crack definitely got my attention. Curious about the Crisco, too! What a fun list!

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    1. haha - yes, now that I think about it, I'm sure they would raise the curiosity flag. :)

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  9. I'm feeling the love...and the fun. What a great love list!

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    1. Yay! That's just what I want with this one!

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  10. I want to read this... The sports the Disney princesses... The beach... Long phone conversations? What's not to love???
    :-)

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    1. I want you to read it too! Hopefully some day!

      Also, I can't help but have Disney Princesses and sports in every project. Write what you love, right?

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  11. I want to read this... The sports the Disney princesses... The beach... Long phone conversations? What's not to love???
    :-)

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  12. Ohmigosh this list sounds so good!
    Disney princesses, hummingbirds on crack, shameless one-liners? I'm in!

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    1. Sadly, shameless one-liners are my forte. :)

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  13. Shameless one liners! I love it! Great list!

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    1. Thanks! I love the shameless one-liners too. :)

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  14. Yellow roses and the beach: some of my favorite things. This sounds really cool, Alison!

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    1. It's a Beauty and the Beast story and I just couldn't go without a rose! But yeah, I definitely have some of my favorite things in this story.

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  15. I love the contrast of football and Disney Princesses. YES! This list makes me want to read your WiP.

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    1. Yay! I hope you get to read it some day!

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  16. This is so much fun. Esp. English classes that are hard to get through--they never really are for YA characters, are they? lol. English is always their best subject.

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    1. Not my mc! But there are other reasons English is hard to get through. :)

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  17. So I'm wondering if you'll have a little football in your WiP? :D

    See this is why you and me? Yeah, we get along so well! Love me some football and I love that your WiP throws that in, along with a little naked exploits and some hummingbirds on crack. I mean, hello? And I'm dying to know how Crisco plays into all of that!

    FANTASTIC list, Alison - this is one I'd love to read!

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    1. Oh, there might be just a little bit of football. ;) The naked exploits are my favorite. Sadly.

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  18. You had me at hello. And then sealed the deal with Friday night football. Great list. Can't wait to read this someday!

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    1. Yay! I can't wait for you to read it as well!

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  19. Great list! So many diverse things like Disney Princesses, Crisco, and naked exploits!

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    1. Thanks! And yeah...I guess it is a little diverse. :)

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  20. Sounds like a fun book! I'm very, very curious where the Crisco comes in...

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    1. hehehe - I can't wait to reveal that. :)

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  21. You had me at football, but then you threw in things like Disney princesses, and I'm totally in :)

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    1. YES! So glad people want to read about football!

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  22. Naked explots! Skeeball bets! I love this SO much!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I do love the skeeball bet. It's one of those scenes I'm toying with cutting, but I love it so much. *sigh*

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  23. "English classes that are hard to get to" AND "long phone conversations" :: I am laughing! Your list makes want to reread CM, like, right this minute!

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  24. I'll read anything that manages to work in naked exploits AND skeeball! I'm all about writing what you love. Such good advice!

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    1. I agree. I always heard the "write what you know" and well...I don't "know" a lot. I like the "write what you love" so much better!

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  25. I love that this list has Disney princesses and Paradise Lost. Obviously an awesome WIP.

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    1. Thanks! I can't have a story without some Disney Princesses!

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  26. This is such a brilliant idea. Though I did raise an eyebrow at "naked exploits."
    A few off my list, from the top of my head:
    Torture scene; Alex-Janko Relationship; Alex-Becca Relationship; Elijah; "Heardt"; Broken Becca; Character Deaths.
    Yes, I'm incredibly sadistic. :P

    ~Riv Re
    Riv Reads

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    1. Very intriguing list!

      And yes - I can't help the naked exploits. I write some crazy boys. :)

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