Friday, February 27, 2015

Discovery

One of the best things about the writing process as I experience it is the gradual discovery of what the story is about. Character motives reveal themselves over time. Coming up with a title often gives me further insight.

I don't think I deliberately incorporate layers in a story. Some part of my brain plants them there. But when I notice a thin layer, just a suggestion of a theme or symbol, then I consciously build the layers more thickly. I find places where I can repeat a symbol naturally. I find ways to echo or point to the theme. I look for places to make connections.

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