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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Black and white

I've been taking a hard look at story and characters this week. I've been trying to nail down in my head some themes in my writing. I want some universal concept/truth to stamp on my books.

I've made a few discoveries. My universal truths/themes don't necessarily have to be something with which everyone can agree. I don't even have to always agree with them. However, a recurring theme keeps popping up for me. It pops up in all my stories. Even back in March, I wrote an "I believe" list as part of Barbara Samuels Girls in the Basement class. In that list I said, " I believe that black and white are overrated, and the world is full of shades of gray."

Well, I'm going to embrace a slightly different version of this for my theme in most of my stories. The wounded characters that seem to populate my ideas are pleased.

Do you think we can find room on the back cover of my novels someday to put this tag line?

In a world where black is black, but sometimes white is gray .....

1 comments:

Orhan Kahn said...

My universal truths/themes don't necessarily have to be something with which everyone can agree.

A very smart thing to do.