what we think is the way we see
I find myself writing each book very differently from those that came before: in terms of characters, plot and settings. What pushes my buttons is some thought that arises from my unconscious mind, that keeps needling me. Then I start to type.
Emerging themes for me have always been fathers, sons, and longing. These are inevitable. Characters change, settings change, motivations change in my fiction. In personal narrative, they tend to lean that way. Someone said, I don't remember who, that all stories are about love — wanting it, keeping it, losing it, craving it. I think that's true. Every story it seems come downs to that. And yes, you are right, I think my themes are similar in all the writing because, as you wrote, I'm "taking small steps to better understand them and move beyond, somewhere yet unseen and so full of potential."
A brilliant distillation of my years of pondering. Thank you Jen
I’m really keen to start this practice today, Jen, thank you! Most of my stories are about some kind of abandonment 💜