OSC Answers Questions
Do you ever find yourself writing the same elements into your stories?
(A good example being the similarities in The Worthing Saga and The
Homecoming Series.) If so, would you say that maybe your way of understanding
LDS scripture is reforming it into ideas more comfortable, or more personal, to
yourself? As I read more and more I wonder if you ever just write something and
then later go, "Dang! (That) is so much like (this)."
Please don't take this the wrong way, I really enjoy your stories and am practically
wetting my pants waiting for the nest Alvin Maker series book and Shadow of the
Hegemon, it's just that a lot of elements in your stories seem to repeat themselves
just a little and I would like your opinion.
-- Submitted Anonymously
OSC REPLIES: - August 2, 2000
Because I'm the same person writing all my books, certain concerns are
bound to pop up more than once. I hope I put a different spin on them; I certainly
don't plan to repeat myself. And if I catch myself getting repetitive, I break the
At the same time, there are fictional motifs so fundamental that all of us use them.
And I'm not even faintly embarrassed about using such tropes again and again.
They are the building blocks of stories, and speak from and to our unconscious
minds, powerfully and inevitably.
So if I only repeat myself "just a little," I'm probably doing OK <grin>