You might have noticed I’m kind of into the whole writing bit. No? Guess I’m too subtle for you.
Seriously–writing is my thing, I love it, and I’m always trying to get better at it. Which means digging in. Looking for the themes that run beneath.
Most writers have recurring themes in their work. Sometimes it seems a writer may be aware of these themes, other times not. I’m fairly confident Stephen King is aware how often love–undying, passionate, self-sacrificing, even old-and-comfortable love–lies at the heart of his stories, but I’m not sure he’s noticed how many times he includes a sacrificial dog. And yes, it’s a fair bet you’ll hear more from me on that.
So I think about themes in my work. What are they? How often do they appear? How can I do more with them?
I’ve identified some of mine. Faith. Sacrifice. Love. That sometimes, there’s a price to be paid.
Much of the time I don’t consciously thread these into the story, but when I go looking, there they are. Then it’s a case of drawing them out and adding some sparkle and making sure they’re properly woven in, that they rise up a few times. Making sure they’re working hard to support the story.
Have you looked at yours lately? What are your deepest fascinations?