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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?


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?)



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