Everyone needs a writing wish list!
It’s like a Dear Santa wish list only about books I would like to write one day. Eventually. (In a well ordered universe where I could steal time and motivation and inspiration and write all day.) Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer started this wishy trend. She is clearly a genius (Emily too!) and I just had to make my own wish list.
I have a lot of ideas for books I want to write. Ideas are everywhere! I cook toast – I get an idea. I go for a walk – a get a new idea. I read a super epic book – and get a book idea. It’s ridiculous and impossible, but yes, I would like to write all of these.
Am I serious about any of these?
Wouldn’t this be terrifying?! I have this insanely delicious (har, har, pun intended) idea of warming up this old cookie dough fairy tale and turning it into an epic battle of cannibalistic monsters. Details? Ha. I have no details.
Don’t be ridiculous.
2. Retelling of Oliver Twist…with zombies.
You know that that famous line? It just begs to be zombied: “Please sir, I want some more…brains.” Unfortunately everyone I know is so down on zombies. I would have no readers. It’s makes me sad.
But a little brain eating Oliver will happen one day, just you wait and see.
3. Retelling of Australian convicts…in space
I know these are all retellings so far, but I do promise you that I have some (semi) original ideas coming up! But seriously, pause with me for a moment and think about this. You know how in England in the 1700s they sent people to jail for stealing, like, a handkerchief? And if they didn’t hang them, they sent them to Australia. (Hello. I live in a nice place.) WELL. What if it happened again, but they sent criminals to space?!
It’s too awesome. I actually have a pinterest board for this one.
4. A story about Icy Dragons
Sure some dragons breathe fire, but what if they breathed ice?! It would be the ultimate scaly Let It Go. And I would set it in Japan and play off the mythology of water lizards.
I mean, dragon.
5. A middle-grade book
With the YA market being so flooded, I’ve heard (from several sources) that writing an MG book is incredibly wise and may help get a foot in the proverbial door of publishing houses, fine cheese, and fame. I like a challenge right?! I also adore cheese.*
So far I’ve attempted numerous MG ideas. All of which have escalated to limbs being chopped off or kids being hit with cars.
I am not good at Middle Grade. But will I give up?! NO.
* To be honest, cheese has nothing to do with this. I’m just thinking about it and wanting to eat some.
6. An epically long paranormal series
I wrote a series once! It had 6.5 books and it was freakishly awesome if I do say so myself. Hey, don’t look at me like that! One must pause in life and celebrate fabulousness occasionally.* SO. I would like to write another long series where I get to delve deep into the same characters. Instead of epic fantasy (like last time) I want something paranormal. Dragons or angels or trolls or shapeshifters. I’m flexible.
* I am joking by the way. I am very very critical of my own books.
7. A crime or heist book
I’m hesitantly plotting one as we speak, but I have this problem: I haven’t committed any large felonies and I lack experience.* SO. I’ll just rewatch Ocean’s Eleven and a few hundred episodes of Leverage and then steal a painting.** I just really want to write a book about stealing! Something. Anything.
* This is actually a good thing. The worst crimes I commit are overdue library books.
** Why does everyone always want to steal paintings?? I would steal chocolate and giftcards and maybe curtains because curtains can be quite expensive.
8. A fluffy contemporary
I suck at writing fluff. I suck at writing happiness where no one dies (or at the very least no one loses a limb). But, as happens with all things I can’t do, I really really want to try this and succeed. How hard can it be to write a romantic happily-ever-after piece of potato pie?!
9. A murder mystery
Because I think everyone wants to write a good murder mystery at some point in their writing career, right?! I have a specific one in mind involving twins and one is murdered and the other covers it up by pretending to be both twins at once. Sounds exhausting. And would need, like, a plot and reasons.
10. A book about lists and sticky-notes
This has nothing to do with the fact that I, too, love lists and sticky-notes. Nope. Nothing at all…
Okay, I totally lied. Of course I want to write about lists because I am totally obsessed with lists! If the book was about someone who lost their memory all the time and lived in a house papered with sticky-notes to combat this — that would be great to write.
Of course, I could wait and write this as my autobiography. So we’ll see.
so, authors! do you have a list of books you’d like to write someday?! tell meeeee! weird or crazy or awesome, let it rip in the comments. (also feel free to tell me which of my 10 needs my attention asap.)
Cait literally has hundreds of books she wishes to write. She has documents with lists of them (just a sentence or two) like the story where a kid is raised by ghosts or a book where the stickiness of glitter is utilised as a war weapon. Currently she’s (still) reading WICKED.