But, this post isn't about grilled cheese sandwiches garnished with teenage angst that pass as movies, it's about writing!
A lot of writers have reoccurring themes that show up in their work.
For example, I find that Nicholas Sparks' novels generally highlight at least one male character who has difficulty expressing his feelings. His work also comes with a splash of spiritual-perspective, the themes of life after death, creation, etc... are all over the pages of his books.
Do you like to write too? If so, in reviewing your work, have you found that you unintentionally include reoccurring themes in your stories?
I think it's pretty cool that writers tend to do this and we're not the only ones- musicians do this too.
For example, John Williams is well known for his signature style of music. If you listen to his Superman Theme, Star Wars theme, and Indiana Jones theme...they all have a similar sound. While each piece is a unique work of genius, it carries his recognizable signature.
So, I've been working on the South Louisiana High series and I've started to notice that my writing has several reoccurring themes:
- Somebody's Mother Dying/Getting Sick : (
- Overcoming Self-Doubt
- Finding The Courage to Tell A Love Interest That They Are, In Fact, A Love Interest
I don't know that I'd call these themes my signature, I think I'd call it "temporary obsession with certain themes while Paula goes through a phase."
I mean, I try not to worry about my parents dying, but I do...and I think that's why it often comes up in my writing.
The overcoming self-doubt topics are repeatedly written about because I struggle with over coming self-doubt and the finding courage to tell a guy that you like him...well, same thing- when I like someone it's the most difficult thing in the world for me to tell him!
In any case, it's interesting to review the art we've created and see what it reveals about certain aspects of our psyche that we either don't often share with others or hadn't even realized existed.
Writing is a lot like therapy, which is why I write so often and refer to my computer as "Dr. Laptop."
Ha ha, of course I don't really refer to my laptop as...okay, yes I do.
What have you learned about yourself from your art?