I've been having fun changing tenses for the TENSE CHANGE CHALLENGE entries. It's funny to note that, even in a mere 250 words, I will find errors when I go back through to proofread my work. Tense changing is tricky! It's like our brain tells us what it expects to see instead of what it actually sees.
At any rate, those will post on Monday. Be ready with your critique!
As for today--here's your writerly question that begs an answer:
How aware are you, while writing a story, of the personal beliefs and passions with which your writing is infused?
In other words, do you go into it knowing things like, "I believe global warming is killing the planet, so I'm going to write a story about a dying earth," or "I've been through 3 divorces and I don't believe in happily-ever-after, so I'm going to write a doomed love story"? Or do you simply write, and then discover later which deep, passionate parts of your psyche have surfaced?
For me, it's been largely unconscious. For example, the novel that captured my agent's heart has "loss of freedom/maintaining autonomy" as one of its main themes, but I didn't sit down and decide to write a story about that. It was a natural outgrowth of who I am and what cooks inside my brain when I'm not necessarily actively thinking about it. I trust it's the same for many of you, too.
So, share! Are your themes conscious or unconscious? And if they're unconscious, can you share a revelatory moment during which you declared, "Great Scott! My undying support for sending dogs to the International Space Station is all over this story of mine!"
Looking forward, as always, to hearing from you!