Two posts I read last week made me think about my writing in a new way:
Which was a nice change from “discipline-” “organization-” “perseverance-” type lists I’ve read many times before.
A lot of writing arenas talk about “brand” and how you need to market yourself to get read.
Steven King wrote in his book On Writing about life themes that come out of a writer.
But I rather like this concept and language better. It sounds more personal and poetic.
To answer the question I believe my stories all deal with the fragility and hunger of honest people searching for sustaining relationships. I write a rebellion against what my critique friend calls “miscommunication as a plot device” and other relational gaffs that pit people against their feelings, not to grow them, but to create more story tension.
I call this Lazy Writing.
Another element my writing frequently addresses is the tension between helplessness and inaction. This is one of my favorite things about writing fantasy: as god of a whole new world I am able to say frequently, Yes, that first step is enough.
Not a little because I am assuring my own troubled heart that that first step is all that’s asked of me.