YA Highway is one of those fantastic blogs I often forget to check out, and then when I do, I think “Man, this is a great blog,” and then promptly forget to check it out again. Today, however, I finally paid attention and took note of Road Trip Wednesday and its question inspired by ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS author Stephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog: What’s on your WiP love list?

To quote Ms. Perkins: “Whenever I begin a new project, I also begin a list called โ€œWhat I Love About This Story.โ€ I start by writing down those first ideas that sparked the fires of my mind, and then I add more ideas to it as I discover them during my push through early drafts.” That list is a “WiP love list,” and as I push myself to plow through my beloved biblical redux, THE BOOK OF ESTHER, I could use a little inspiration in the form of one, so here we go!

My TBoE love list:

  • My badass heroine
  • “Hey, Man,” Mimi Kane, Jacob, Sharon, Big Man and Thrash
  • Interpreting the royal garments
  • Banishing “Vashti”
  • Attempting the back-and-forth flashback
  • The diary and the horse, modern-style
  • Sex and revenge
  • Tearing up at writing my first bullying scene
  • Zara’s POV
  • a nose ring
  • Cat in a tree
  • Game on
  • King and Queen
  • Truth or Dare and Champagne and vodka
  • Cousin-siblings
  • the one exception to fidelity
  • the humanity of villains
  • the inhumanity of villains

*flexes writing muscles* Phew! OK! Time to add some more to that list!