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.
It’s a fantastic idea. It’s also so much fun to visit all these people’s blogs and see if the things they love about their work are things that I love, too. It’d be great if lists like this appeared on the backs of books, because then we’d know if we wanted to read those things.
Here’s my list for my current Spacetime story:
Throwing fireballs around
An Indiana Jones whip made of lightning
The chained blackwing angelus
Brother and sister relationship, mostly friendly
The cute catgirl with the overprotective grandfather
The wrong side of the law
Doing the right thing and being punished for it
Secret pact with Dad
Heroes who look at the facts and draw the wrong conclusions
Gosh, it makes me excited just writing it down. I want to go write some more!
It occurred to me that I can write a similar love list about my life in general. So here it is:
The laughter of children
My son’s dawning realization that he can both read and do math
My daughter writing her name for the first time
My husband’s smile
A fresh, cool morning
Gorgeous, puffy tropical clouds
Dinner simmering in the crockpot
Getting to wear my fingerless gloves again
Walks to the park
Some of those are still in the future, but it’s nice to look forward to them. September is next week!