Monday, December 15, 2014

My Writing Wish List

   Christmas is coming! Since I love everything about the holidays except doing any actual work, I thought now would be the perfect time to share my writing wish list. These are some ideas/concepts I’d like to turn into stories one day…so if you love scatterbrained, super-vague ramblings, read on! (And if you’d like to see the post that inspired this one, check out Kara's post at Diary of a Teen Writer.) 

1. A Christmas story 
    Because of this tradition, which I first read about in The Tailor of Gloucester: “But it is in the old story that all the beasts can talk, in the night between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the morning (though there are very few folk that can hear them, or know what it is that they say).” This screams magic and strangeness and I NEED to write about it. I’d also love to sneak in a A-Christmas-Carol-like vibe. Something along these lines…
Because A Muppet Christmas Carol is the BEST version. Ever.

2. A funny story
It doesn't get much vaguer than this, but I love wacky plots and outrageous characters. I hope there’s an element of both in most of my stories, but I’d love to write something where I can give humor free rein.   

3. A story with a Dear Frankie-ish vibe
This movie is lovely--almost like a modern day fairy tale. There’s something about the mood and aesthetic of it that's incredibly inspiring.  

4. A mystery/crime story
Born of my undying love for three TV shows--Sherlock (of course), Criminal Minds, and Liquidation (a Russian miniseries set in the Ukrainian city of Odessa after World War II). 

5. A story with pirates
Because I love sea stories in general and pirate stories in particular. Also, I will never tire of this song: 

6. A Neil Gaiman rip-off 
I’ll never stop being influenced by this guy. His books are full of strangeness--a sense that magic and danger lurk just beneath the surface of ordinary life. I would really, really like to replicate it (in my own way, of course). 

7. A story inspired by Greek mythology
Rick Riordan has pretty much cornered the market on all things mythology-related…for now. Any story I write would actually be inspired by a few things: actual Greek myths, Percy Jackson, and Disney’s Hercules (both the movie and the Disney Channel TV show). 

8. A story about sisters  
  I live with three of them, so I have PLENTY of experiences to draw on. I don’t think they’re enough books out there with realistic sister relationships--the kind where they’re as likely to do your makeup and say you look gorgeous as to tell you that you look like the Elephant Woman while kicking you off their bed. 
9. A fairy tale
Do I even need to explain this? I’d especially love to write something inspired by British folktales--"Tam Lin", "A Fine Field of Flax", "Mossycoat".  

'Rapunzel', a German fairy tale in the collection assembled by the Brothers Grimm was first published in 1812.  The Grimm Brothers' story is an adaptation of the fairy tale 'Persinette' by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force originally published in 1698.  This painting of Rapunzel is by Emma Florence Harrison


  1. Oooh, yay, I'm so glad someone did this!! :) You've got a pretty awesome writing wishlist here. I think it would be super super super awesome to write a Christmas story too--not sure I'd be able to pull it off well though. ^_^ Same goes with writing a humorous story. I mean, it's something I'd like to definitely try one day, but for some reason I find it hard to put humour into a story. I'm constantly worrying that it's *not* funny. xD And yay for fairytales! :)

    Fantastic wishlist. :D

    1. I totally understand what you mean! Though I've written some funny stuff before, I always switch from thinking it's the funniest thing on the planet to thinking it's completely not funny--and probably the worst thing ever written. I go through the same process with all of my ideas, really. Thanks for stopping by--your post was so inspiring that I had to write one of my own!

  2. Ooh, I want to write a post like this too! I've seen a few people do it, now, Kara is sooo super inspiring. xD (I LOVE her blog!!)
    YES. Omg, I want to write a story about sisters too! I hesitantly am plotting a sort of crimey one, but it has no plot really. lol Just characters. >_< I will work on that. Haha!
    I love those Muppets Christmas Carol gifs. We used to watch that every year at christmas! RIZZO!! FOOD!!
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. This post was super, super fun to write, and using Muppet gifs was a no-brainer--that movie should have won an Oscar. I have about ten billion other ideas for stories and books, but I wanted to keep this post actually readable, so I settled for the nine best ones. It'll be neat to see how many I actually write :)
      Thank YOU for stopping by--I love your blog!