Tomorrow morning, I’m meeting with my CP to do some brainstorming and plotting for my next project. At this point, I’m not sure what to focus on, so I’m hoping I’ll get some clarity, or at least a sense of direction, over coffee and muffins. Thinking of new story ideas makes me think of #MSWL – the hashtag on Twitter where agents and editors post ideas for manuscripts they’d love to see. As a reader, there are books I’d love to read, but I lack the ambition or background to write. Here are a few that have been rattling around in my brain:
- A steampunk/fantasy novel set in an alternate version of France, during the French Revolution. Paula Volsky’s Illusion is a marvelous example, but it’s incredibly long, and the writing is somewhat dated. I’d love to see a new version, written for the YA market
- A YA novel set during the Chicago World’s Fair, ideally a mystery or thriller. I toyed with this idea a few years ago, but never felt any spark. I know of one writer who might be working on something like this, so I hope it comes to fruition.
- A new adult/adult contemporary romance that revolves around Broadway or off-Broadway actors, with a behind-the-scenes look at life on the professional stage (kind of like the Better Nate Than Ever series by Tim Federle, but with romance and steamy backstage shenanigans).
- A YA fantasy set in a world modeled after Ottoman Turkey. Again, this is another project I attempted, years ago, even going so far as to do the research, but I lacked a decent plot.
- More YA contemporary novels set in locations other than the U.S., Canada, Australia, or Europe. How about South America or Africa?
- A MG novel set at the Destination Imagination Global Finals, because that’s a subculture unto itself!
- An humorous MG epic about the Easter Bunny and his underground faction of rabbits who do battle with evil foxes and wolves; think Watership Down meets The Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Okay, I might be pushing things with that last suggestion, but if the muse grabs you, feel free to take any of these ideas and run with them. I should add that there may be published books out there that fit my list, but I may have missed them. Please let me know, and I’ll happily add them to my TBR pile.
How about you? What’s on your personal MSWL?