It’s that time of the week, again–RTW! The time that I don’t have to think about a clever topic to blog on, because it’s already decided for me! What themes, settings, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find recurring in your work?
1. Yellow rooms contrasted with sulky people. For some reason, the juxtaposition of someone crying or breaking down in a cheery yellow kitchen or bedroom seems to weasel its way into most of my stories.
2. Suburbia. For me, it’s so much harder to write about growing up in a big city since I’ve never grown up in one. I grew up in the suburbs. There’s a lot of boredom that comes along with that territory, and as a result, there’s a lot of creativity in dealing with that boredom. Many of the situations that arise in my stories probably wouldn’t happen the same in a big city, where there is plenty to do.
3. School. While a lot of awesome YA is set during the summer and on breaks, I love to convey the politics of high school. It’s part of what makes this age so difficult and awkward, but also what makes it so fun. Not to mention all of the inherent conflict.
4. Pining. Not like the trees, but like the deep, unyielding yearnings of unrequited love. It’s not always the main character pining away, but someone is always pining. I feel like this emotion is so tied up in teen love.
5. Boys with scars. What? It’s totally hot.