There’s no reason for the subject to be spelt wrong. It just made me laugh. I am a nerd.
I think most writers probably have certain themes that follow them through their stories. Character traits, or backstories, or tropes we can’ t help using. Often times, we might not even realise we do it.
It’s a question I’ve had on my mind for a while now.
What are the ones to follow me through my writing?
Here are the ones I thought about (and maybe why):
- Adoption – I’ve had a few characters who were adopted, or orphans, or foster kids. It’s probably because I’m adopted, so there’s a wealth of emotional stuff there I can explore.
- Autistic Characters – I’m autistic. That one is:
- Pets. All the pets. So many pets. From Taine’s hamster to Sherlock in After the Scrum. I’m a fan of memorable animals.
- Absurd moments. I find absurdity humourous. (Like giving a large rugby player a hamster for a pet.)
- Rough childhoods. A theme running through many of my stories are characters who have survived abusive or neglectful childhoods. Again, as something I had personal experience with, I think it’s important that not ALL of your characters have blissful, amazing parents. I’ve found as a reader that I cherish the books that I can relate to. When I find a character who has pulled through terrible times as a kid, I see a bit of myself.
- Nerds. I’m quite a bit geeky, so admit to giving some of those quirks to my characters.
How about you? If you’re a writer, do you notice certain themes consistent throughout your different novels?
As a reader? Do you pick up on these sorts of things?