Okay, many of you may know I tweet, and most of it is absolutely goony stuff not even worth reading. HOWEVER.
Sometimes, cool stuff happens.
Today on twitter, I challenged by writers friends to list the themes that drive their stories, with the hashtag #MyThemesAre
And as happens sometimes, it kind of exploded. Writers of games, movies, novels and comics all have posted the secret engines of their stories.
For me, the common themes are: 1) Search for identity, 2) escape from isolation, and 3) finding hope even in despair.
This hashtag is amazingly inspirational and sometimes thrilling, it made me want to write all day.
People like Jane Esponson, Joss Whedon, Phil Plait, Greg Pak, Bryan Q. Miller, and lots, lots more have responded with cool answers that really make you think.
Theme is what separates the craftsperson from the artist. Your work has to have something to say, it can’t just be events.
Anyway, if you are an aspiring writer, or even if you just are interested in the thinking behind the story, check out #MyThemesAre on twitter.
You guys probably know by now, I really want to help turn as many ASPIRING writers into WORKING writers as possible, that’s why I did comicssurvivalkit.tumblr.com and that’s why I started this hashtag.
It’s useful stuff, I think. Please take advantage! :)