They say that every story under the sun has already been written, so the question becomes: why do we continue to write?
To put our own mark on it, of course! The best part of storytelling, in my opinion, is being able to make it your own. I know a book is good—or has the bones to be good—when I daydream about the way I would have written it, or continued it, or changed it. Those stories about which I’m indifferent garner no such attention.
One of my cabin mates on Camp NaNoWriMo posed the question, “Have you ever noticed a recurring theme, meme, or trend in your writing?” Finding the consistencies in my writing required some consideration, but I admit that I utilize similar themes/trademarks in many of my novels, such as:
- Characters saddled with overwhelming responsibility, almost to the point of breaking them (and, in some cases, it succeeds)
- The potential moral ambiguity in certain situations/presenting unanswerable questions
- Sibling vs. sibling – I’ve never encountered this problem in my own life, so I’m not entirely sure where it originated
- The real villain is never who you think it is – even when I’m writing. You’d think I would know these things before committing text to screen
- Wars of economies
- Links to the spiritual plane
- A charming but snarky anti-hero – these characters always turn out to be the most empathetic for some reason
- Storms – my favorite occurrence in/aspect of nature
Have you ever identified any recurring inclinations in your own works? Do you gravitate towards certain themes/genres/trends in the books you choose to read?