RTW: My Love List

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, 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”? (link here)

In Stephanie Perkins’ words:

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.

My current WIP, Amber Energy, is told from two POVs. First, we have a girl from a realm called Sitara, who was a fugitive. She was captured and to regain her freedom she needs to complete a mission first: go to Earth and train the new Warden. Then we have the human guy who is the Warden and really doesn’t want to get mixed up with things and issues from other realms since his life is already complicated enough.

Here’s my love list for Amber Energy:

  • kickass heroine with purple streaks on her hair
  • hot and cocky hero
  • ninja bike (heroine’s!)
  • violet scent
  • powers
  • portals
  • crystals
  • other realms
  • homemade food
  • family issues (not that it’s good to have one, personally, but it does make a novel more interesting, don’t you think?)
  • friendship
  • trust
  • team work
  • villains with busy agendas
  • betrayal
  • sacrifices


Also, you can see my Pinterest board for Amber Energy—though it’s still under construction ;)

Now tell me, what’s your WIP’s love list?


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