Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question.This Week’s Topic: What is your novel’s “Love List”?
First, you have to check out author Stephanie Perkin’s guest post on Natalie Whipple’s blog for the backstory.
I begin every story with lots of notes. Character sketches, dialogue, settings, clothing choices, attitudes, musical tastes, etc. If it pops into my head, I put it down. Sometimes it has no bearing on what I end up writing, and other times it’s what completely saves me when I’m in “the muck” Ms. Perkins so accurately describes.
I’m working on TOUCHED for Camp NaNoWriMo, and here’s its Love List (gleaned from my notes):
- cheating exes
- a girl with sartorial spirit
- an estranged mother
- hidden skill sets
- family separated by distance
- hidden lives
- knowing your worth
- second chances
- old TV shows
- a chance meeting in a convenience store
- emotions you can’t escape from
- fancy pancakes
- rainbow-sprinkled donuts
Seeing the things I love about this story in list form is very helpful. It’s really easy to forget why you’re writing something when you’re bogged down in the middle with tens of thousands of words to go and weeks of editing/revising to come. It’s important to remember the things that made me want to write the story in the first place. I think Ms. Perkins said it best: “If you keep a list of ideas in your novel that make you proud, you will CREATE a novel that makes you proud.”