Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Love List

A while back I came across a blog post about love lists. {wish I could remember where, but can't!} The idea is you list the things you love about your manuscript and look back on it during those times when you might be feeling a little...out of love. I'm working mainly on my YA dystopian, but when I need a break on it, I meander off and add some words  to my YA historical fantasy. And here's my love list for that.
 
A House Divided Love List

Wide porches
Roses in hair
A mute gryphon
A bakery next door
Quiet halls with gleaming hardwood floors
A jealous cousin
Familiar green eyes
A hidden agenda
Ritzy parties
A mossy pond
Fort Sumter
An old, tattered diary
The wish to be brave
Elegant gowns
A family secret
Deadly canons
A brother and a sister
Honest Abe
Flying in the dark
Has anyone else done love lists for their stories? Oh, and the above is my first attempt at PowerPoint. Charleston is where A House Divided is set, and I'm fully determined to visit one day. History & good food-- it sounds like my kinda town!  

44 comments:

  1. Love the idea of a love list. I think I'll make one for my current WIP! Thanks so much for sharing yours. You had me at "a bakery next door" ;)

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    1. Gosh, wouldn't it be awesome to have a bakery next door? Though my waist line wouldn't thank me...heh!

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  2. I've never done a love list, but it seems like a good idea :)

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    1. They're a nice thing to go look back on, especially during those times when I feel like writing up a hate list instead. =) 'Cuz sometimes WIPs just do not like to cooperate!

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  3. Brilliant, Leandra. Never even occurred to me.
    Going to make a LL <3 now.

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  4. Never tried the Love List.

    And you should definitely visit Charleston. It is a gorgeous place.

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    1. Oh, I want to, sooo bad! I will someday, and that's a promise. *makes pinky promise w/myself*

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  5. This is a great idea! Thank you! I'm totally intrigued by just your list and your pictures of Charleston. I didn't know you wrote historical fantasy--I do too. :)

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    1. Awesome! I'm actually querying a YA historical fantasy right now. A House Divided is its sequel. I'm not spending a lot of time on it in case the first book doesn't get picked up, but I do pull it up every few weeks or so.

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  6. What a great concept and your love list is right intriguing. I had sweet pea blossoms in my hair when I got married :) Leandra, look me up when you're in Charleston. It is everything you've ever dreamed of and more.

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    1. I will definitely do that! Being local, I bet you know of all the best places to eat at. And whenever I look at Charleston pics, all those amazing historical buildings make me wanna slobber all over myself, lol!

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  7. Love this idea! I have never done a love list for a WIP but I might just have to now. What a fun glimpse into your YA historical fantasy.

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    1. Thanks! I highly recommend doing them. =)

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  8. Leandra, this is simply brilliant. Something that I think all of us on the novelists journey must do! :) Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I just wish I could remember where I originally saw it, but it was over a year or so ago, and I have trouble remembering something from last week. Ha!

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  9. I haven't done a love list for a particular piece before, just one in general of things I love to help inspire future stories. But I think I should do this for my WIP to help inspire me!

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    1. Yes, I think it's a good thing to do for projects you're contemplating, too. Helps get the creative juices flowing!

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  10. Love the idea, I'll have to try it!

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    1. Yay, I hope it works for you! And I imagine there will be cupcakes on your list? ;)

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  11. Never heard of love lists, but they look like fun. I'm not sure what I'd put down for mine. I love character interactions more than anything.

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    1. That's a good thing to love! I've read a few books where the relationships were my least fav thing in them, and that's always disappointing. Nobody wants stilted dialogue or unrealistic reactions between characters!

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  12. What a fantastic idea! I've never done it before, but I definitely like it. :D

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    1. Thanks, Courtney! I hope there's a few more lovely love lists in the world after this post. ;)

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  13. What a clever idea. I should do this for my manuscripts...

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    1. It is, and it's really bugging me that I can't remember where I first read it. =( And your wips would lend itself well to this exercise, what w/50's references and palm trees and such!

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  14. I love this idea! I'm going to do it soon :) I'm very intrigued by your list. A House Divided sounds like my kind of book!

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    1. Aw, thanks! It might get done one day. =) I keep thinking if I buy the little desktop statue of Abraham Lincoln that I've been wanting, that I might finish it quicker, lol!

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  15. Your picture came out great!! And I love this list :) It's a great idea--I may have to give that a go for my WIP, it could use some love!

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    1. Oh, I know, both of my WIPs could use some love about right now! I keep thinking one more cruise about the internet and then I'll pull up Word... ;)

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  16. Hey Leandra,

    Yay n'stuff, I have returned with yet another one of my highly collectable comments! :) I just love your love list. I'd probably add I'd love to remove obnoxious Uncle Fred who stayed over at Christmas and decided to move in and eat all my food. Okay, I made that up :)

    Gone three in the morning and yes, my excuse for my comment is I'm tired. Time to check my eyelids for cracks.

    Goodnight, my friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. Unfortunately, some relatives are like that! =) Get some good rest, I'm headed that way soon too. Stayed up too late the night before!

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  17. This is a great idea. I've not ever done it, but sometimes I review a list like this in my head, so it would definitely be worth writing down.

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    1. Hope it works out well for you, Marcia. =)

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  18. I love your love list! wide porches, an old tattered diary... the wish to be brave <3 Okay, you've inspired me, I have to do one... or maybe one for all my stories, lol. I'll tag you for sure when I do!

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    1. Awesome, Heidi! I'd love to see what you come up with. Glad you liked the wish to be brave, it's one of my favs.

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  19. I love this list! I'm absolutely going to have to do this for my current WIP. And I love that you threw in pictures too. If I had the time I'd love to make a collage for my desk wall so I can look at it for inspiration while I write.

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    1. Thanks, Karyne! And I am a very visual person. I'm always drawn to blog posts that have pics in them, so I always try to include them as well, if possible.

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  20. I LOVE this idea!!! I think I'm going to do this, too! your list is fantastic.

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    1. Very cool! Love lists are alot of fun to create!

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  21. You've just inspired me to come up with my own love list! (The wish to be brave ... ah, that must be on everyone's secret list. And I love the one about roses in the hair.)

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    1. I think you're right about that, Claudine! =) And I'd love to someday wear a real rose in my hair- well, to someplace that I wouldn't look like an idiot anyway! Lol! Where's that bravery, right? ;)

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  22. Love, love, love Charleston! It's beautiful and romantic -- the perfect place for a book setting! It is one of my favorite places to visit, and thankfully it's only three hours away from where I live. You definitely have to go someday soon!

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    1. I know, I'm so anxious to get to go! I know without a doubt that it won't disappoint. I will see that sliver of a moon over that palm tree eventually! ;)

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