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. We ,the bloggers who love YA Highway, post our response and then link it in the comments of the YA Highway site. Pretty fun!
This Week’s Topic is: Inspired by Stephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog, what is your novel’s “Love List”?
I had to go read the post (as if they were twisting my arm, or something) to understand what this question meant. Once I did, I realized two things:
- This is a brilliant idea, it’s also something I have done mentally since my first draft without ever putting a name to what I was doing.
- I am now following this authors blog. My blogroll grows again.
So, you may or may not want clarification, but I’ll give you some anyway. As Stephanie says in her post, the “Love List” is a list of things that remind why you love you WIP and why should keep pressing forward to make it what you in your heart believe it can be. It’s like a Pro’s list about your book. It’s also a guide to the strongest parts of your book, and can help you focus when you lose your way in rewrites. The “Love List” is your breadcrumbs home.
So, here is my “Love List” for my Manuscript (or what I can say without giving too much away):
A field of Poppies
The silent child
The Way of the West
A beautiful, lopsided face
The smell of her blood
Telling a secret
That was fun. Hmm…it also makes me miss my Manuscript, which is just minimized in my dock. I think I’ll open it, just to be close to them.