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themes in writing | themes in writing

christopher-meeks's picture
When I first started writing, I aimed to be a “serious young writer,” which is why after working as a stock clerk at a Hollywood camera store and then as a tile salesman in the San Fernando Valley, I joined an MFA writing program at USC. I adored my time at the university and made good friends...
lauren-lise-baratz-logsted's picture
There's a rumor going round that unlike literary fiction, genre fiction is plot driven without a theme in sight. OK, maybe that's not the exact wording, but you get the idea. Or, if there is a theme, it's a simplistic one. With some genres, you could even make the case of a universal theme. In...
terry-spear's picture
One of my critique partners, who was an English high school teacher, said was she could always tell when I had issues with something, that they would reflect in my writing. I wasn't sure about that, but I thought it was an interesting notion. Just as our characters have deeper motivations for doing...