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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

RTW: This Seems Familiar

Writing Song of the Day: "Deja Vu" by Beyonce



It's Wednesday which means road tripping with the ladies of YA Highway. This week they're asking us:


What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?



I was a little lost on this one at first, but then Pam pointed out that we have discussed certain elements that continue to show themselves in ALL of our writing.



Pam's Answer:


Okay, my answer is really strange because:


A.) I'm a daddy's girl.

B.) My dad is pretty much awesome and

C.) Did I say I'm a daddy's girl??


With that being said, the recurring element that pops up in both Wants and Project J is daddy issues. My major characters either have a physical or emotionally MIA pop. Now that I think about it, this could stem from the fact that my dad was in the military for most of my childhood and he was gone for at least a year when he fought in Desert Storm.



Quita's Answer:


The recurring element that surfaces in my writing would be literally killing some of my darlings. For some reason I kill every single one of my character's best friends. Not just the associate they talk to in school sometimes--their best friends. In both In Limbo and The Blues the killing of the best friend serves major purposes, but still--I don't know why this keeps happening. It's not like I want to kill people--it just seems like the right thing to do. Wow. That sounds pretty creepy...



Your turn! Tell us what keeps popping up in your writing??

14 comments:

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Stopping by from RTW... love your take.

Jamie Manning said...

Um, if I were Pam I think I'd be scared right now! =)

Sarah said...

Come to think of it... I've killed a number of my characters' best friends as well. Didn't realize that until you wrote it.

Alicia Gregoire said...

Pam sleeps with her eyes open, doesn't she? LOL

Kate Hart said...

I'm a character killer too, Quita, don't feel bad.

*sends Pam number for body guard*

A.J. Mullarky said...

I'm a killer too. We should form a club.

Rebecca B said...

I like your take on killing your darlings. Now that I think about--I haven't killed anybody off in a MS. Yet!

Crystal said...

I have a lot of MIA dads, too, and my father-daughter relationship is totally fine. Maybe it's the proliferation of other fathers being terrible that has influenced this theme?

Francesca Zappia said...

I am also an unrelenting character-killer. I won't do it if I don't have to, but if I DO, I do it with a smile and an arsenal of twisted ways to die.

Pam Harris said...

Lol, thanks for all of the warnings, lovelies. Believe me, I keep a close eye on Quita. :)

Tracey Neithercott said...

Ha ha ha Quita, you kill me! I mean, er, you're hilarious. Your stories must be really fun to read. Also, I feel bad for your best friend. :)

Jessica Love said...

Poor friends of Quita's characters. They don't stand a chance.

Racquel Henry said...

My sister pointed this out to me: I have so many short stories that involve, babies or pregnancy. Don't ask me why. I'm thinking it's because I know a lot of people that had children early. LOL.

Sophia Chang said...

Hear ye for daddy issues! I definitely have recurring themes in my writing - there was this, like, 8-year period where all my mother's kept abandoning their kids.

Thanks for checking out the interview! Boba is AMAZING