Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Play it again Sam...

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:

What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?

Just the other day I was re-reading one of my first stories and discovered the lead up to a big turning point for the heroine (an emotional day followed by a dance of all things) was almost the same as in a new story. And they were completely different heroines and genres. Sigh. Lucky the first hasn't a hope of appearing from beneath the bed any time soon.

I also tend to have strong mothers for my heroines. Usually good (after my own who passed away ten years ago) and if they're not.... then they're really, really bad which is me in an effort not to write about my awesome mum.

My characters are often not real... um... graceful or coordinated. They say write what you know I guess.

I'm drawn to outcasts, people who don't quite fit in. Maybe cos those people aren't so trapped in 'the system' that they can see where it's not working/not fair.

What about you? You writing the same thing over and over?


  1. I like that you pointed out that outcasts are the one who see where the system isn't working. Sometimes I forget why so many MCs are outcasts, but that explains it perfectly.

    In terms of parents, I've noticed that when my characters DO have parents, one or both of them almost always ends up being horrible in some way. Which says absolutely nothing about my life, because both my parents are awesome. Haha, maybe I'm like you and I'm just trying to make them radically different...

  2. That sounds more like recycling than a recurring motif, if your first book is going to stay under the bed! I've done that, too, sort of an unconscious attempt to get it right. Like Costner doing Waterworld and the Postman!

  3. I'm glad you agree on the radically different Francesca! We like horrible cos ours were awesome.

  4. Recycling could be right Angelica. I wonder how many more times it will take for me to actually get it right... sigh...

  5. I recycle too, and it's hard to give up on the first version for the good of the second.

  6. Great blog - I found myself nodding having read your work :) I tend to write about creative heroines and I also always seem to have a similar theme, which I can't actually pinpoint right now :(


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