I often find that after seeing a mind-blowing movie I'll think, "How the hell did someone think of that? How did they write something that complex?" Then I'll think, "I don't think I could ever do that."
When it comes to books though, I sometimes think, "I could've written this..." and "Why didn't I write this?!" For example, I wholeheartedly believe that the Twilight series is pretty craptastic when it comes to the writing. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the series. But Meyers had a great idea and went with it. Now she probably won't ever NEED to write again because financially she's set. I wish I'd written those books, and did a better job. :)
Then of course there's JK Rowling. I know for a fact that I couldn't have written the HP series. It amazes me how she managed to weave so many things together throughout the series mostly because I'm not a planner when I write and I assume that writing like she does takes a whole lot of pre-plotting. But yep, I wish I could write like that.
Of course it's not all about the money, movies and merchandise though... I remember reading Jennifer Armintrout's first Blood Ties book years ago and totally falling in love with it. A vampire story set in Grand Rapids?! Sweet! I fell for all of the characters and ate up the series all the while thinking how cool it was that someone from Michigan wrote this awesomeness. It gave me hope that maybe one day I'd be published too. I'm still not... But I do know Jen via Facebook and The Twitter now and it's pretty damn cool to be able to chat with someone who you look up to when it comes to writing. :) <3
Another author I adore is Sarah Addison Allen. Every single time I read one of her books it gets inside of me and sets up residence for a while. I'm in awe of her writing and how she pulls her stories together. I totally wish I'd written her books because they're just so damn amazing!
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a tasty book by Bronywn that I'm in the middle of reading right now that wants my attention!
Have a great week!