Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Oops! I Did It Again

I love writing books that have a moral to the story. Though I don’t intentionally plan to write it that way. Yet I find myself looking at the story after I'm finished and realizing I’ve done it again. (Oops! Sounds like a Britney song.) Actually, most of my books have something to do with family and you can find more than one moral.

For example in one of my books, the moral of the story is don’t base your opinion on hearsay as appearances can be misleading. Or like a old cliché, don’t judge a book by its cover.

In another, the moral is breaking the law won’t help you find justice. The cliché for it is two wrongs don’t make a right.

I could keep on but you get the idea. Of course, every book I write has an overall moral. Love conquers all.

How about you? What morals keep creeping up in your stories?

14 comments:

Heather said...

I love stories with "be true to yourself" morals, so they tend to creep into my writing.

"Love conquers all" is one of the most engaging morals b/c it speaks to everyone. It shows the optimism of your heart, Carla!

Carla Swafford said...

Thank, Heather. Aren't all us romance author optimists?

Jeanie said...

Hmm, good question, Carla. Mine is similar to Heather's, I think. Learning to accept yourself and those you love, warts and all. And that you can't hide your heart from love so as not to be hurt. This is one of those things that bothers me as a writer. Do I have themes? I don't think I do, at least not on a conscious level. I just write the story that comes to me. Scary, huh?

Callie James said...

I noticed one similar theme in my books. Blood is not necessarily thicker than water. Meaning, we don't have to accept people in our lives just because they're related. On the same note, you can make your own family (whether that be friends, spouse, children, whatever). I've known so many who have allowed relatives to nearly ruin their lives, all for this "notion" of family where one doesn't necessarily exist.

Don't get me wrong, it's a hope that I certainly understand, but one I've managed to get past.

Life is much too short.

Carla Swafford said...

That's just it, Jeanie, you'll get finish with the book(s) and realize, "Where the heck did that come from?" :-)

I think as writers, it just sneaks up on us from deep inside without us trying.

Carla Swafford said...

So true, Callie.

JoAnn said...

I think it's great that you discover a moral after you've finished the story, Carla. Much better than if you started the story and said "Hmm. I think I will have a moral to this story!" Then it would be preachy!

Louisa Cornell said...

I think many of the morals of romance stories grow organically from the story. You have two people who grow into who they are and then grow into love with each other and along they way the learn as much about themselves as they do each other. And depending on what they have learned - there is your moral.

M.V.Freeman said...

Carla,
I love that you have found what theme that you write...that is so cool.

What I write is not necessarily a moral, but I tend to write about responsibility, setting boundaries, making choices, and to some extent freedom..which allows all those things.

Love factors in, but its part of the whole growth process....

hmm, I think that also relates to my re-writes...*sigh*

And Callie, I also put that in, that family is not necessarily blood but those that you surround yourself with....

I love reading all of the different things we inherently write about.

Carla Swafford said...

Bingo, Louisa!

Carla Swafford said...

Thanks, Mary.

Christine said...

Great post! I gravitate to two people finding each other and discovering "home."

I guess that's the same as Love Conquers All.

:-)

Cari Hislop said...

One of the things that facinates me is truth and how people can have opposing viewpoints and both be right. Truth is always more than just what we see or know. I don't try to write about it, but it does fascinate me so it's no surprise it keeps cropping up in the background.

prashant said...

I've known so many who have allowed relatives to nearly ruin their lives, all for this "notion" of family where one doesn't necessarily exist.
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