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My Love List….

Today is Road Trip Wednesday 🙂 RTW is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic: Inspired by Stephanie Perkins’ post on Natalie Whipple’s blog, what is your novel’s “Love List”?

Whenever Stephanie Perkins starts a new project, she creates a list called “What I Love About This Story.” You really should check out her post! (plus you know it’s Stephanie Perkins :D)

I love this! Love it! Which is good for a love list, right?

Please bear with my ramblings as I only had a few hours of sleep. I attended the 10 queries in 10 tweets webinar by Sara Megibow (and due to the time zone difference, I got up at 2am) While my query got a pass, she did say the concept was strong and gave me pointers how to better it.

So exciting! (especially as this doesn’t count as a rejection)


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ONE TWO THREE has been pretty much consuming my time, and my thoughts. Husband can testify to this, right hubby? And my wonderful beta readers as well as my critique partner extraordinaire probably nod their heads as I’ve been sending them emails 😀

And it’s important to remember why I love the story. So here is my love list. And it doesn’t even include my characters. Really, I love my characters.

  • Friendship
  • Love
  • Shoulders
  • Ballet
  • Arabesque
  • Plié
  • Chopin
  • Piano
  • Soccer
  • Kisses
  • First times
  • Tequila
  • Family
  • Grief
  • Field
  • Tutu
  • Disney
  • Restaurant
  • Piano
  • Car
  • Arrogant
  • Funny
  • Charismatic
  • Salsa
  • New York
  • Pelmini

Now, tell me what comes on your love list?



49 thoughts on “My Love List….”

  1. I just posted mine! ‘One Two Three’ sounds like a very fun book to read.

    I keep misreading ‘Plié’ as ‘Pie’ which really changes the tone for me, haha.

  2. Here’s what I love on your love list: EVERYTHING. But most especially the fact that you have soccer and ballet in the same story. I’m sorry about the query pass, but glad you gained something from it, and I can’t wait for you to get this book on a shelf! Love your love list!

    Also, I think this was my favorite RTW yet!

    1. 😀 and I had a big big smile on my face when I read your comment last week and a grin is spreading over as I reread it 😀 Thank you! Crossing my fingers you’ll get to read my story at some point and hoping your revisions are going well!

  3. *sigh*–your list sounds like the story of my life! 😉 Just kidding. Really. You don’t even want to imagine me in a tutu! Seriously, though, this is a good list. It certainly gives a good impression of what your novel’s about… though not without some mystery. Shoulders? Hmmm… 🙂

  4. Love this post, Elodie! Such a fun idea and such a great way to get a peek into your book. I am a HUGE dance fan so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it 🙂 I also love what E.Maree said about “pie,” I think I’d like that book too! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your list, Elodie! And I love that I know what each and every part of your list refers to. 😀 I’m happy that you got so much out of the webinar, even if your query got a pass. You are so much braver than I am. I’m still tinkering with the hot mess that is my query. I can’t wait to read more of your buffed up story! 🙂

    1. 😛 I’m still revising but soon I think I should be able to send you something – it’s definitely buffed up (I added about 10000 words to it, lol…)

  6. You had me on love, but it was Ballet that completed it all. Tequila, salsa, Disney … Jeez, this sounds amazing!

  7. I’m in love with dance so this book would capture my interests. 🙂 And Tequila! =D That could go on my life love list. I’m always up for a tequila shot on a night out. 🙂

  8. First of all, belated happy anniversary!! And that is awesome feedback from Sara M., she is such a great source for query feedback! I’m crossing my fingers for you 🙂

    This list is something else! Tequila, arabesque, Chopin, Disney, funny—what a great combination! I’m so into YA dance-themed books and/or shows, so I’m psyched to see where this one goes!!

    1. 😀 Well I’m crossing my fingers that you will be able to read it at some point! And I just saw you posted your list on your blog, I need to check it out 😀 Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Katy!

  9. I love that you have the softness of ballet and the hardness of soccer both in your story – and then you go and throw in tequila? This sounds like a read that’s right up my alley, Elodie!
    And I’m so sorry about the query pass. Boo. But Sara is pretty great – I loved the query course she did over at Writer’s Digest and learned so much!

  10. I love the idea of listing what you love about your story. You have such a great list there and I’m sure it will help keep you focussed and inspired, while you edit. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Stehanie’s idea. Now, off to compile my own lists. 🙂

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