Prompt Nights 13. ‘It is I’

Sanaa, over at “A Dash of Sunny” asked us to write a  poem or prose piece inspired by our favorite author (or favorite quote) for this week’s challenge. To participate in the fun, follow the link to visit her site and get the details.


I don’t have a favorite author.
Oh … wait … yes I do!
It is I.

Okay, I know that sounds quite pompous, and the truth is that there are scores of authors whose works I love to read. Normally, I am reading at least three different books at any given time. Some of them I read over and over and over and over. So, obviously, those authors have great influence on me, and I like them — I really do.

But to be totally honest (and I’m talking mainly about fiction now), I rarely read a book that I don’t want to change in at least one or two places. Most of the time, I’d have the hero or heroine exhibit just a little bit different characteristics — or I’d have one of them decide to act or react differently. And sometimes, even in books I enjoy, I really want the ending to be different.

So, when it’s all said and done, the truth simply is that, although there are myriads of excellent authors out there, my favorite stories are the ones where  people are the kind of people  want them to be, where things work the way I want them to work, and where the end results of all the activity are the end results I want. In order to get those things, I have to be the author. I don’t think I’ve ever written a perfect book. But neither has anyone else. So if I want what I want the way I want it and when I want it, then I’m going to have to write it myself.

So …  yeah … I guess I am my favorite author. Now, there’s just one problem with that situation: I can’t just sit down and relax and read a story for the pleasure of reading if I have to do the actual writing myself. So I’m more than grateful for the thousands of other authors out there whose books I can pick up and carry with me to my favorite chair, where I kick back with a steamy cup of coffee beside me, and delve into the world they’ve created their way. Now, if I could just stop wanting to tweak a character here and a plot line there ….




10 thoughts on “Prompt Nights 13. ‘It is I’

    1. Well, the good thing about it is that I do write. I have 10 books published at this point, 8 novels and 2 collections, but the truth is that sometimes I look back on those and think maybe I’d like to change some things even in them. I wrote this article mainly in fun, but there is a lot of truth in it as well.

  1. I know what you mean! Another thing is if the book is really good, I don’t want it to be over. If the author didn’t write another one with the characters, then I have to just make up my own ‘what happened next’ story. Guess that’s why I write fan fiction! 🙂 Love your take on the prompt!

    1. Yes, I find myself imagining all kinds of sequels to some of my favorite books once I’ve finished them. But I’ve never written fan fiction. I solved part of the problem by writing a series from my first novel. And when I was writing it, I believed I’d never write any series. But by the time I was almost the end of it, I had fallen so much in love with all the people in it that I couldn’t give them up. And as I had others read it to help with editing, they insisted there had to be a sequel, so I ended up with four books and a fifth in progress. And right now I’m writing a series of novelettes, so I guess I’m hooked on that one too.

    1. Well, I did write this mostly in fun, but there is a lot of truth in it because I’m constantly finding myself thinking I’d like to see something turn out differently or handled differently in the books I read.

  2. Oh Sandra 😀 I absolutely love this ❤ ❤ I strongly resonate with the fact that when we read a book we often wish for an alternate ending. While reading a book we often wonder what would happen if the story was written a bit differently, being writers we have an active and vivid imagination. I so enjoyed this one 😀 Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights Sandra and for your constant love and support.

    Lots of love,

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