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:
Friday Night Football
ball-busting locker room antics
English classes that are hard to get through
long phone conversations
playing with heart
skee ball bets
hummingbirds on crack
UNC Chapel Hill
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?