The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes all the gift-themed squealing and Internet-wide merriment that one might expect. This is especially fun for us readers, because we get to talk BOOKS and how they make the best gifts of ever. And how WE WOULD LIKE BOOKS YES THANK YOU.
But sometimes we wordsmiths neglect our writerly sides during this time of peppermint-flavored fangirling. While this works for a lot of people (good for them!), it unfortunately doesn't work for me.
The writerly thoughts never stop.
Enter the Writing Wishlist, a post idea brought into the world by Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer (whose post you should most definitely check out here). Essentially, it's your typical list of things you absolutely need (*cough* books *cough*), but on the writer's end of the spectrum - things you'd like to write someday!
(Also Cait @ Paper Fury and Emily @ The Loony Teen Writer wrote lists and they're very, very cool.)
A few of you may remember my Story Ideas post a while back and might be thinking that this seems a little similar, but this list is much more amorphous. As in these books don't have anything to them yet - not even Pinterest boards, which everyone knows is the first thing I do when I have a real book idea.
So! Enjoy this mash of wishful thinking, in the spirit of holiday hopes.
1. A Poe retelling
My favorite of Poe's works that I've read so far is "The Masque of the Red Death", but I'm aware there's already a YA retelling of that out there. But we'll see. We'll see how it goes. *nefarious grin*
2. A Korean fantasy
My brain, true to form, only fails me when I need it most.
3. A contemporary anything (without magic)
4. Something witchy this way comes
Someday, I'm telling you. Someday.
5. A retelling of something in Arthurian legend
I've always been drawn to Tristan and Isolde, personally - there's so much there that goes wrong, like in most tragedies, and it's fascinating. I also personally adore Elaine of Astolat, the Lady of Shalott. So much unexplored emotion! Look! It's making me overuse exclamation points!
OOH MAYBE I COULD DO MODERN ARTHURIAN LEGENDS. I have no idea how this would work, but it'd be awesome and we all know it.
6. Tudor England
*screams internally some more about Tudor England*
DO YOU SEE ALL THE POTENTIAL HERE? Please tell me you do.
7. A Shakespeare retelling
Probably my favorite Shakespeare plays that I've read are Hamlet (suicidal prince tries to avenge his father's death? oh my gosh yes) and Macbeth (I'd retell this play for Lady Macbeth alone). But I also already have a vague idea for a retelling of The Winter's Tale involving a quaint countryside town and a mad sculptor and MAGIC EVERYWHERE. And I'm reading Othello for school and really enjoying it so far.
So. Developments on the Shakespeare front remain to be seen.