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
|Source: Only You by Pierre Bédat on Flickr|
• best friend siblings
• quirky friends
• the Red Planet
• Aurora Australis
• Antarctic Dry Valleys—cold, barren, and lonely
• 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
• '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?