This post is not about real goals. It’s about the unachievable that I strive to achieve. It’s my fantasy wish list.
Someday, I want to plot as well as Agatha Christie did. I want to be as clever with red herrings and mislead readers as easily as she did. I want to write a twist as unpredictable (at least, for me) as the one in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.
I want language to flow from my fingers to the keyboard to the printed page that’s as lyrical and evocative and smooth and lush as Elizabeth George’s or Nancy Pickard’s. I want the depth and layers of their writing, and still achieve the poetic essence that flows in Sharyn McCrumb, Sarah Addison Allen, and Alice Hoffman’s stories. I want readers to finish a page of mine and marvel in the beauty of words.
I want to trigger visceral reactions strong enough to make readers bite their fingernails and squirm in their seats, like Stephen King.
I want the imagination and creativity, the originality of Neil Gaimann. I want readers to lick their lips, amazed, at the directions my stories go. I want the sense of intelligence that permeates Robert Reed’s or Theodore Sturgeon’s stories.
I want the sheer knowledge base of skill and craft that Les Edgerton flings out casually when I sit on panels with him. The man reads five novels a week. Studies writing. Teaches writing. And is never shy about voicing an opinion. His blog is worth reading. http://www.lesedgertononwriting.blogspot.com/
I want to marry fantasy with action and myths as well as Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, or Ilona Andrews does.
And if pressed, I’d be happy to have a career like Nora Roberts’s. She can use romance as a foundation to explore the fantastic, like in Midnight Bayou, or to thrill with crime, as J.D. Robb, or to play with mysteries (Three Fates) or love stories (too many to list:).
I respect each and every one of these writers when I delve inside their pages, and I come away determined to write better. This is not the typical list of famous writers to emulate. I don’t need to be the next Shakespeare or Flannery O’Connor. I admire literary genius, but I have humbler ambitions.
Who are your writing idols? Who inspires you? If a fairy waved a magic wand, and you could steal any writing talent you chose, whose would it be?
Good luck achieving your dreams in the coming year:)
P.S. This is my 100th post, and I never thought I’d achieve that….