The Book I Would Like to Write
Sometimes the rumblings of hunger manage to induce some amazing culinary renderings on my behalf.
“Let’s see–some rice, a dollop of pesto, assorted veggies, ooh a garnish of nuts, oh yeah there is that leftover sautéed chicken breast.”
Yes, it was tasty. No, didn’t snap a photo.
I wish I could do that with my writing. Here are the ingredients that are rumbling around in my writerly mixing bowl:
-an irrepressible protagonist who transcends time
-address a political issue in a manner that is neither knee jerk, condescending, nor didactic
-scatter in memorable minor characters who majorly affect the plot
-set the story in a picturesque small town of yesteryear
-provide a handful of quotes that will resonate long after the book has been reviewed, shelved, studied, and reread
-have one maybe two iconic symbols that shift paradigms
-explore old thoughts in a new way
-create a subculture that spans time, culture, and political decorum
Wait a minute…
This book is already available, attainable, and darn right delicious.
For me, the best popular history books do this. I delight in them. The reason I started writing my own books is because I wasn’t finding as many fall-in-love characters in modern fiction for adults as I’d found reading books written long ago or in classic adolescent fiction. Even as an adult I love Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series as one that sets the high water mark for lovable, bittersweet family life.
Yes, Little House books are just about perfect!