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 “What I Love About This Story.” 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
- 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!
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Erin L. Schneider said:
You’ve got royalty and cats in trees – if that doesn’t make one curious I don’t know what will! Fab list here, I’m completely curious as to how this all works together – great job!
Sarah Enni (@SarahEnni) said:
Sex and revenge, a nose ring, truth or dare and champagne and vodka… I love it! I’m so glad you decided to answer the RTW question this week, it was a really fun one 🙂
I wrote a short film that was produced about Purim. Love that you are reworking such an incredible tale.
Wow! That´s an impressive list – I definitely want to know more about the villains and about this; ““Hey, Man,” –> that jumped out 😛
“Tearing up at writing my first bullying scene”–you know you’re onto a good thing when your own writing engages you emotionally like that. I’ve experienced it a few times, and those scenes tend to be my favorites.
Tracey Neithercott (@T_Neithercott) said:
Sounds like the makings for a good book. I’m also curious about one exception to fidelity…
Isn’t YA Highway the best?! Great list, can’t wait to read this one- you know how much I love your writing!
Sara Biren (@sbiren) said:
Welcome to RTW – this was a fun way to get started, don’t you think? Intriguing list!
Love the one exception to fidelity and the humanity of villains. I’m intrigued!
Juliana Haygert said:
Great list! Very mixed and intriguing 😉
Great that you included your writing process loves
Oh, wow! This sounds so compelling and fantastic! I’ve always loved the story of Esther, so this really appeals to me. My favourite things on your list (though there are many great ones) are: the humanity of villains and the inhumanity of villains. So great! 🙂
Dear Andrea Somberg, I want to read this.
So much fun, and it totally got me interested in your book! I think I’m going to give this a shot for my own WIP. 🙂
What a great list! I’m intrigued by “the one exception to fidelity.” Oooh.