This Week's YA Highway Road Trip Topic:
What themes, setting, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find reoccurring in your work?
Interesting how almost all us writers "write what we know" even when we aren't trying to...or maybe, more accurately, we write what we "want", "need", are "emotionally attached to" or "think is important."
Admitting this up front, feel free to go all Freudian on the repeated motifs I've noticed in my four books:
Midwestern settings- (know and emotionally attached to)
Protags with some experience dating- (think it's important to avoid cliche of the beautiful protag who's self-conscious about her looks and/or a total innocent)
Dating Around- (think it's important and more realistic for teens to explore options instead of being overwhelmed by one "perfect" and "everlasting" love...though, in the end, my protag only has one strong emotional connection with one guy.)
Quiet, deep, starving artist type side character- (want-ed to date this guy, but never did)
Wild girl side character- (emotionally attached to all my wild friends who provide contrasting viewpoints to my own life and my protag's lives)
Plot/character arcs that are more exploratory than goal driven- (exposes my need to understand comercial fiction plots better :)
I'm sure there are more...things Freud would have a hayday with...but these are the ones that stick out to me most.
What about you? Any repetitions you see in your own work or others?