Saturday, May 13, 2006

Sunday Scribblings #7: "The books I would write..."

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Oh The Books I Would Write...
sounds like a title by Dr. Seuss!

That's what I thought when I first read this week's topic.
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Someday I might REALLY write a book until then I'll just dream and scribble a little....

How hard can this be? For a big dreamer this was like indulging in a piece of French Chocolate Silk pie. Yum!!! And since I don't really have to write any of these novels I came up with five seedlings. Ask me again tomorrow and I'll probably have five new ideas. Writer's block is definitely NOT my problem. I just can't sit still long enough to develop my stories or characters into anything worthy.

1. A humorous chick-lit book. A lonely woman has little faith in anything including herself until she adopts an abandoned dog. She learns to believe/trust not only in herself but in others too. The previously abused and abandoned dog is so badly behaved that she is forced to sign up for dog obedience school. This leads her to find the most important thing missing from her life; female friendship.

2. Disability genre book. Well intentioned parents are struggling with their emotionally handicapped son while trying to keep the rest of their family balanced. They learn how to stop being so dysfunctional and find a better way to function through the "accidental" adoption of a physically handicapped dog.

3. A humorous chick-lit book. A dancer falls and breaks her ankle ending her illustrious career. Bitter and angry she decides to sever her self from the dancing community and big city life. She moves to a smaller city and discovers her life has only just begun as she reinvents herself as a potter.

4. A mystery. A woman has moved with her husband (new job) and children to an affluent suburban town where she finds she just doesn't fit in no matter how she tries; there she finds the women petty, phony and power hungry. Through her minister's wife she starts volunteering at a homeless shelter where she befriends a homeless woman and discovers a shocking secret.

5. A coming of age story. A young girl learns to believe in herself through her grandmother's recipes she finds buried in a cedar chest in the attic. Suddenly she is baking, entering competitions and winning! A mysterious recipe leads her on the biggest adventure of her young life.

19 comments:

Patry Francis said...

All of these ideas sound fabulous--and #1 reminds me a bit of my forthcoming novel, THE LIAR'S DIARY. An abandoned dog plays a key role in all the character's lives.

paris parfait said...

Some really great ideas! If you keep coming up with such ideas, maybe one day you'll feel compelled to put pen to paper and write one or all of the books! Great post!

Catherine said...

Great ideas1 I was interested to see that you thought of Dr Seuss. So did I - so I wrote a not very Seuss like rhyme for my contribution.

GoGo said...

Very interesting. I would read book 2 for sure, having lived with a sister who is disabled, I find a need to read books that can change perspective - 'cause things get hard sometimes.

Left-handed Trees... said...

I love the "coming of age" story--because I could see myself falling for this book at twelve...and twelve year old girls need the reminder of their own vast potential.

Cate said...

You have snagged my attention with EVERY one of these ideas! You'd better start writing, Lisa, and quickly! xo

Jennifer (she said) said...

i like all of these ideas but smiled when i read the first chick lit book...

liz elayne said...

these are all fun...and i agree with paris parfait - maybe one day you will find that putting names to these characters and places to their adventures will lead you to write a wonderful book.

megg said...

OOh! good post! My writer's sense started tingling reading the last one in the list - please write it, I'd love to read it!

boliyou said...

Great post. I'd be really interested in reading your Coming of Age book.

Cee said...

I'm exactly the same - ideas a plenty, but when it comes to actually developing them, or writing the stories? Not so great at that.

tinker said...

Great story ideas! I especially liked number one - I could already envision, all kinds of humorous, disastrous events leading up to enrolling the dog in obedience school.
I empathize with the sitting down long enough to fully develop the story thing. Hope you're able to overcome it and complete one - you've got great ideas!

deirdre said...

I wanted to keep reading all your story ideas.

Jennifer said...

oh yes, ideas are my specialty too! You've got some good ones!

HoBess said...

More, more, more! More of any of these ... I'm especially intrigued by 4 and 5.

Kara said...

This was fun to daydream through these book ideas. You have some great ones!

Kristine said...

I like how all of these stories involve people bouncing back from things that have thwarded their plans... The whole idea of beating the odds, successing in spite of obstacles is great and very attractive as a book.

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