August 22, 2012

RTW: I ♥ My WiP

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"?

Stephanie Perkins makes a practice of listing all the things she loves about her story when she first starts writing it. This list serves as a reminder of why the story is worthwhile as she continues working on it and as things get tough. You know what's worthwhile? Stephanie Perkins' post. You should follow the link above and check it out. Because those of us who write definitely know first-hand that there are times when it's hard to love that beast of a book that just won't cooperate. 

So, taking a cue from the great Ms. Perkins, here's what I love about my WiP Watch of Night:

• a swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games
• passionflowers
Source: Only You by Pierre Bédat on Flickr
• blue morpho butterflies
• best friend siblings
• quirky friends
• the Red Planet
• Aurora Australis
• Antarctic Dry Valleys—cold, barren, and lonely
• snarcasm
• romance
real books, poetry, and love songs
• sinister authority figures
• biodomes, especially the rainforest one
• closed environment, difficult to escape
• a tattoo that I actually want
time is running out (!)
• hope in a hopeless situation
• propaganda
• mystery
• secrets
• 'eyes' everywhere

There's more, but barring copying and pasting my WiP into this post (not happening), this is about all I can share.


What is it about your WiP that makes your heart swell just a little?

45 comments:

  1. Aw, what a great idea! Also, I love the word "snarcasm." I have to use that all the time now. :)

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    1. I think I used snarcasm more than I should ever since I first heard it. It's kind of fun though. :)

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  2. Awww reading this list makes me want to reread your book and to spend time with Galen and Carina and all of them... I also need to know what happens next
    ;-)

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    1. I kind of need to get reacquainted with them too. It's been awhile. I also need to sit down and write out synopses for what comes next. :)

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  3. Yes! We are at opposite ends of the globe, but I definitely want to read yours with a list like this--sounds intriguing!

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    1. Thanks! I'd sure love for people to be able to read this thing (and like it). One day maybe. :)

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  4. Interesting list, Jaime. I read your query on WriteOnCon, so I have an idea what the book's about, and I can see it in some of the things on your list. But there's clearly a lot more to it than your query said (which is right--the query should hint at more, but not give the whole game away). *Real* books? Aurora Australis? Can I pre-order now? :)

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    1. Thanks, Colin. I'm still battling the query thing, but I did incorporate some of your suggestions (they were very helpful). When I find the right balance between leaving some mystery and revealing just enough in my query, I think we'll have a winner. :)

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  5. blue morpho butterflies, Aurora Australis, biodomes, the Red Planet ... holy moly, this sounds so awesome! Can't wait to hear more about it at some point!
    It's hard knowing what to share without telling the whole story but you did a great job!

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    1. I agree about knowing what to share. So hard! I'm kind of obsessed with blue morphos lately. They're so pretty! :)

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  6. Sounds like fun! The big question is, of course - if you sell this book, will you get yourself that tattoo?

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    1. Haha! You read my mind. :) If I could handle the pain of getting a tattoo, and if I got this beast published, I would definitely consider getting a small version of this tattoo somewhere that I could hide it if I want.

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  7. That is a fun list! I want to know what that tattoo looks like.

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    1. Thanks! It's a Latin quote with a thistle, and is significant to one of the main characters. :)

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  8. This sounds awesome! I really love "a swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games" (I wouldn't mind one of those) and "snarcasm." Sounds like an intriguing book. :)

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    1. Thanks! Lucky me, I ended up with exactly that kind of boy, so it's easy to write about. :)

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  9. *swoon* >> "a swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games"
    Wow, Jaime, this sounds great! I want to read it ;)

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    1. Bad boys can be fun to read about, but I'm kind of Team Good Guy. Hence, the boy who knows what he wants bit. :)

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  10. I love snarcasm and a tatoo you actually want...I'm hooked and ready to read:)

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    1. I'm kind of obsessed with snarcasm and need to tone it down in other WiPs so my characters don't all sound the same. :) And I'm not sure why, but I kind of have a thing for tattoos on book boys. Weird, right?

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  11. Love the biodomes and quirky friends. This sounds totally fantastic, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I really enjoyed writing about these two things, and I hope it's as fun to read. :)

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  12. You have so many things I love:

    Snarcasm
    Romance
    Best Friend Siblings
    Secrets

    So when is your book coming out? :) This sounds right up my alley, Jaime!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! :) I wish I could say it's coming out soon, but that's just a dream right now. I'm still banging my head against the wall over the hot mess that is my query. I've gotten some great advice, so hopefully it'll sort itself out. :)

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  13. Your story sounds amazing. Snarcasm, lol. Love the Antarctic Dry Valleys, Aurora Australis, Red Planet. And can't resist a boy who knows what he wants. I need to read this.

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    1. Thanks, Crystal! It was so much fun writing about all of these things. And I agree, boys who know what they want are irresistible (Peeta is a fave for that reason). :D

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  14. Quirky characters are always fun. :) Great list! I already love your swoonworthy boy. Good riddance to the ones who do play games! This guy sounds great! How a male character should be. :)

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    1. Hear, hear! Boys who play games suck. And I'm all about the good guys. :)

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  15. • a swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games

    Oh, if you insist.

    PLEASE let me read this when you're ready. :)

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    1. Gotta love boys who know what they want!

      And I would love for you to read this. Are you interested in beta reading? :)

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  16. Eyes everywhere is intriguing!

    Right now I love the storytelling that my characters do in the story. It is weird since I'm writing it, but it doesn't feel like it!

    http://natashamheck.blogspot.com/2012/08/rtw-novels-love-list.html

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  17. Eeep, time running out! That's a good one :D

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  18. Wow, this sounds like a really interesting book. I love all the nature stuff you added in. It makes me really curious about this closed environment that's hard to escape.

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  19. Great list! I loved snarcasm, it made me laugh, and also the Biodomes, so cool. The concept of a closed environment also sounds intriguing.

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  20. "a swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games"

    Yes, please. And I love this list. Keep it up, because I want to read this! You've got something amazing going here! ;-)

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  21. Love snarcasm! What a great list!

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  22. I love the biodomes idea -- that single word sent my mind in a million directions.

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  23. Eyes everywhere that's kind of creepy. Love it. Thanks for sharing. :D

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  24. I love that word "snarcasm" I might have to use that! Great list!

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  25. Maybe they should just can the idea of query letters and have writers submit lists like this instead. It would be so much easier and more fun. Agents could just run down the checklist: Swoonworthy boy. Check. Cool setting. Check. Mystery. Check. Tattoo. BIG check :) I might have to do this for my story. Great post!

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  26. Great list Jaime. This sounds like a beautifully fleshed out world, which is sometimes really hard to achieve. I saw in your above replies you having a fight with your query. I recommend being true to your instincts and being true to the voice of your narrator. Your instincts will tell you what to tell and not to tell.

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  27. The red planet, and time is running out!! I love it. (I am also getting an unintentionally funny mental image of a goofy alien chasing the Mars Curiosity!) This collection is SO intriguing. I love it.

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  28. I love the word "snarcasm." It might be one I need to start using now :)

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  29. Oh, Jaime... This sounds lovely and absolutely fascinating. When can I read it?

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  30. You had me right at "swoonworthy boy who knows what he wants and doesn't play games" but then the whole list is amazing and makes me REALLY want to read this!

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