In one of our Ch1Con Twitter chats a while back, we talked about how real life influences our writing and vice versa. This is a topic I personally find quite interesting. Around the time I wrote my fifth or sixth novel, and as I was editing older ones, I realized that my books paralleled my life. This pattern has continued, and though I don't do it on purpose, it seems to be a fact of my writing process. I get an idea I like, I write the novel on the fly like a proper pantser, and it becomes an exercise in overcoming the issues and ideas that are bothering me at the time. Writers always write for themselves first, and for me, it shows up this way.
So today I thought I'd walk you through my life book by book. Should be interesting, right? I wrote a similar post here, but this one will be a little clearer, I think. I'll put asterisks around the novels I'm still working on just so you have that for reference.
The Dragon Slayers: Do young girls have the power to make a
difference in the world? Does friendship make us stronger?
*The Ice Enchantress's Plot: Can young girls be powerful? How
do our relationships strengthen us?*
The Four Elements: How strong is friendship? What about love?
What about family? What if some of my family members are
The Ghost Catchers: What is self? Can I have multiple versions of
myself? Again, what if some of my family members are actually
*The Last Hope: Can I get along with the guy in my science class
on whom I may have a crush? Also, can I have anxiety and still be valuable?*
Fitness Day and the End of the World: Seriously, what do I do about this dude in my science class?
The Walls of Dreamland: DO I LOVE THIS GUY OR IS HE EVIL? What do I do when a friend betrays me?
Twist: How do I cope with a dying relationship? Happy endings exist, right? Fairy tales can be real,
The Psychic Story: Can love overcome everything? Is there a way to overcome the boundaries caused by
On the Dawning/On the Brink: How can the things that make me different have a positive effect on the
world? How do I cope with losing someone I love?
On the Run: How do I cope after a trauma? How do I protect my loved
On the Outside: How do I return to normal life after a trauma? How
do I find the people I fit with?
*The Prophecy Keeper: What do I do when life pulls me away from my
dreams? What do I do when the paths my friends and I are on start
*What It Takes to Deal: I have fibromyalgia, and it sucks that there aren't many stories about being a
disabled teen. Also, what power does art have in the real world?*
*Perished: How do both romance and education change our lives? How can I help humanity overcome
Freshman Year of College
*Merciful: How can my broken family survive? How do I deal with parentification?*
*Dutiful: How do I cope with internalized ableism? How do I deal with the way my disabilities separate
me from other people my age?*
Junior Year of College
*Coca: I have OCD, and we need to eliminate the stereotypes that kept me from getting diagnosed
sooner. Plus, sexual harassment is crappy. Also, am I strong or am I weak? Where does my value come
This is just one of many ways you can categorize my work, but it's an interesting one, I think. I also really like looking at how I challenge myself with each new work, which I do much more intentionally.
What do you think? How does real life affect art? Tell me in the comments and I will see you next time for an "on this day in my history" post!
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