Themes, Genres and Homages (Oh My!)

Very interesting.

Musings of a Mystery Novelist

Creating a theme is among the key elements in writing a story – it shapes the narrative arc, provides motivation for the characters and (maybe) imparts a moral [“Wheel of Morality, turn, turn, turn – tell us the lesson that we should learn”]. Picking a genre in which to write contributes to the whole theme creation thing, though those elements can (and often do) intersect and overlap, creating a new genre or sub-genre.  Paying homage to an existing work (whether it’s another novel series, TV series, or film) is tricky – putting too much effort in the homage could be misconstrued as “copying” or (even) “stealing” from the original source material. Figuring out all of these elements, and finding the balance is the fun hard interesting part of the writing process.

As mentioned (at great exhaustive length) throughout this blog, I’ve (more or less) remain in the Plotting and…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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