Monday, August 29, 2011

Yours, Mine, Ours

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?


  1. Just let me do justice to the stories in my head! But I wouldn't mind the skills of a Gabaldon, Bujold, etc. ; )

  2. Sometimes I think we mean that we wish we could write with that certain quality that inspires us to write in the first place ... hm-mm ... I think that's what I meant!

  3. I think everyone wishes they wrote Harry Potter! ;) But I don't know if I wish I could have wrote a certain book. I wish I could write as well as other authors I think. :)