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Topic: Themes in Writing

  • Oct. 26th, 2007 at 10:31 AM
There's a meme that's been doing the rounds that ties in nicely with a topic I'd like to bring up:

Meme: What would you say are the trademarks of my writing? What themes or quirks or turns of phrase have you noticed? What is it that makes a story by me -- well, a story by me?

So to turn that around: what are the trademarks of your writing? Are there any themes you find running through your work, and if so do they cross pairings and fandoms?

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dameruth wrote:
Oct. 26th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Ellipses and dashes, way too many of the damn things. It's a bad habit I need to break. Also run-on sentences and a tendency to slide towards purple prose if I'm not watching myself.

Content-wise, I pull towards humor and character moments, with occasional angsty bits -- hopefully pulled off with a light touch, but I have a sneaking suspicion that "mush" can describe a lot of it. Intricate plots and kickass action sequences are much more difficult for me.

Not really sure I can pick out any themes in my stuff, probably cuz I'm too close to it all. However, I regularly find water, in one form or another, cropping up as a symbol of positive emotions, love, and healing. Have I spent much time studying the Tarot? Have I internalized the interpretation of the Ace of Cups pretty throrougly? Why do you ask?

As for the above elements crossing over between fandoms/pairings . . . dunno about fandoms, since I've picked one (Doctor Who/Torchwood) and run with it, but I'd say my style remains similar regardless of of the characters and relationships involved.
spastasmagoria wrote:
Oct. 26th, 2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
my husband broke me of the elipse habit and someo ther ones.. you'd haveta ask him about my worst habits :) theme-wise, i guess family keeps coming up. other than that... i'm rubbish at disscting my own stuff LOL
svanderslice wrote:
Oct. 27th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
What are the trademarks of your writing?

If you read a JD Robb book you know, in almost every scene, exactly what is going on. While the detective interviews a witness, someone is buying a vowel on “Wheel of Fortune,” on the television across the room. You can smell the fresh paint on the walls, and feel the creepy atmosphere in the seedier parts of the city. I try to do that in everything that I write, paint a complete scene, keep the reader with me, engaged and involved in the course of events. As a result I have quite a few little quirks that seem to make their way into everything I write.

I break up my dialogue a lot. Almost every sentence is split like this, “Have you seen my sonic screwdriver?” the Doctor asked, from his precarious position underneath the console, “I think I left it in my coat pocket.” I think that long paragraphs of exclusive dialogue scare me a bit. I don’t want to lose my audience. As a result I think that perhaps I split up TOO MUCH of my dialogue. I need to find a happy medium.

I also tend to have my characters moving while they talk, washing dishes, running down a hallway, fiddling with something. I think that most people don’t just stand there like they’re in a children’s play and just deliver dialogue. I want to keep it realistic.

Another thing I do is really long paragraphs describing a scene. As stated before I want to paint a picture with my words, so I get a little detailed. Also, this helps me set the tone of the piece I’m writing.

I also think in run-on sentences, so I tend to write in them as well. My grammatical queen of a friend taught me how to write in “lists,” and I think I’ve improved a lot since.


Are there any themes you find running through your work?

I don’t know if this is a theme, but I tend to be rather introspective. I like to delve into what each character is thinking, describe the motives behind their actions, pick them apart a bit. Sometimes I might just go a bit too far with this though. Some mystery can be a good thing.


Do they cross pairings and fandoms?

I don’t have a lot of fandoms, and only really one where I’m obsessed enough to write fanfiction for. However, these trends and themes tend to be the norm for me in all of my writing, whether it be fanfiction or not. (and did anyone else notice that I used the word “tend” just a bit too much in this comment?)
doyle_sb4 wrote:
Oct. 27th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Should really answer my own question, shouldn't I?

Stuff I write a lot - slice-of-life comedy, usually with comedy aliens, that might veer into angst for a moment and then back again. Companions post-Doctor having terrific, exciting, fulfilled lives and not being ruined by him (all apart from Susan, strangely enough, but that's because along with comedy aliens I like the idea of the alienness of people who look just like us and the potential angst and even horror in that. I'm a bit addicted to that idea of her as 'unearthly'.) Serious introspective stuff of mine tends to be present tense, so much so I've started deliberately writing it in past tense just to be different.

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