I have seen the question “which book do you wish you had written?” many times in the writing blogosphere. What I want to know is do you have one? I can’t think of one book I wish I had been the one to write. There are books I love. There are authors I wish I could write as well as. Sometimes I want a certain books attention to detail, or characterization, or dry humor, or beautiful description, but there is no one book I wish had my name on it.
Mostly I wish I could do justice to the books in my head. Those are the books I wish I had written (or will write). In all my writing I have found that the story changes in the telling. Maybe this is because I’m a pantster and I don’t have a clear idea of where I’m going at the beginning. But even if the plot follows my idea my writing doesn’t do justice to what I had imagined.
So, Is there any one book you wish you had written, or do you just wish to write your own to the best of your ability?