Guest poster Stephanie Perkins (the author of “Anna and the French Kiss”, which is currently making waves) wrote about making lists about what she loves about her project.
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.
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, and the end is still months away, and it feels pointless and hopeless to continue.
I really want to try this with my next novel.