It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I’m probably going to write a few more books. I know, I know, this should probably have been obvious or something, but for a long time I’ve been operating under the “Just one more” paradigm. Like, “Oh, I’ll try just one more and see if anything comes of it.” On second thought, that sounds a bit like an addict, doesn’t it? Anyway, somewhere in there I also started ghostwriting and doing work-for-hire and I didn’t so much get to choose the projects as the projects were pre-chosen for me. So now I’m in the situation where, well, something has come of the last book, and I realize that I get to keep writing and I get to shape what it is I write about and my first instince is: I want to write ALL THE THINGS!
But then I take a deep breath and realize that writing all the things would take an exceptionally long time and, in truth, not be that fun, because I’m not interested in all the things just the things that interest me. Which led me to contemplate wish lists. Agents and editors are often posting their submission wishlists. What do they hope will come across their desk. So I started thinking about my own wishlist. What do I hope, during my hopefully long and hopefully prosperous career, that I will have the opportunity to write?
I hope to someday write…
- a big fantasy, but set in our modern world or at least a modern world (perhaps a different time in history–Industrial Revolution or some such?) with hidden magic just beneath the surface and a rich world
- a book with more than one POV
- an unlikable and/or unreliable narrator
- a series
- a co-authored book
- a thoughtful contemporary with a light-ish story line but with underlying thoughts/observations about the world that tie it all together in a meaningful way (a la Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, JG)
- a short novel (akin to Amy Reed’s work)
- something in a boarding school setting a la Vampire Academy or Gallagher Girls (don’t tell me it’s done, I don’t care, I tell you, I don’t care!!)
- a very dark contemporary (or mostly contemporary)
- something super high concept
- a big, fat book with lots of complexities and different plotlines that takes me over a year to write
- a book that plays with structure in an interesting way, whether it be the chronology or the story framing or an interesting take on POV
- something with a very distinctive voice (like James Frey or Chuck Palahniuk)
What about y’all? If you could have your perfect career composed of whatever books and whatever challenges your little heart would desire, what books would they be?