Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Insecure writer: writing a love list

The first Wednesday of the month
 is time for Insecure Writers Support Group,
hosted by Alex Cavanaugh and his
excellent team. 
Last month I wrote about five things I do to fight the insecurity of the querying process, and this month I'm expanding on that with a love list for my manuscript. Discovered this idea through the wonderful group of YA authors that hosted theReady, Set, Write! challenge this summer, who in turn discovered it from author Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After). 

To quote Stephanie, from her post about the love list, "I use this love-list as a touchstone to remind myself during the hard times why my story is worthwhile. It’s easy to forget the GOOD STUFF when I’m wading through the muck"  (the muck might be writing the middle of the first draft, or 2nd draft revisions, or in my case, querying - after a round of rejections wondering if what I wrote had any merit at all). 

Writing this love list reminded me of how much I love this story and how much I want to NOT GIVE UP ON IT. 

So without further ado, here are all the things I love about this story, a young adult science fiction. 

scuba diving
coral reefs
golden retrievers
Shakespearean insults
Harley Davidson motorcycles
cheese biscuits
the butterfly nebula
blue hair (a nod to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor)
how my title came to be
henna tattoos
Treasure Planet (anyone else love that movie?)
Captain Hook
raining stars
love across all of space and time
Moroccan style headscarf
I'm Glad You Came by The Wanted
Lake Brienz, Switzerland 
Soli Deo Gloria

What's helping you fight insecurity or providing inspiration lately?


  1. Aloha Margo,

    Ha! A love list for our ms.. I love it :)

    Thanks for sharing the idea and happy writing !!

  2. What a great idea! I'll have to remember this when I ever get to the querying stage.

    1. Stephenie does the love list thing while she's writing to help her keep on track... I plan to do the same for new projects too. Love this idea.

  3. Stephanie is wise. Great idea! I enjoyed all the things you love about your story. Sounds quite intriguing.

    1. The interesting thing with these lists is it's really fun to read other's lists, even if you don't think the novel is your thing, sometimes the list changes your mind :)

  4. Such a great idea! I'm definitely going to make a note of it for if...okay, WHEN I need it. Because I'm pretty sure I will at some point....

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

    1. It's true it's more of a WHEN rather than an IF... but at least that's true for nearly everyone.

  5. This is such a great idea! I'm going to do this for my ms. So many intriguing things about your manuscript! Shakespearean insults and Switzerland and coral reefs! Hang in there--querying is tough! :)

  6. Ahhhhh, I love this idea so so much! Must try this. I've edited this book so many times that it often feels as though I'm burning out (though usually I get inspired again the next day). So a love list will probably help!

  7. Ooh, scuba diving with Captain Hook?! Haha, I don't even know if those go together in your book, but it sounds great. This is a fun idea.



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