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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Anyone else write across a long period of time and then realize the same damn image pops up everywhere?

I was tagging some of my older poems and my new ones and realized there's a lot of crickets and cicadas. What images are like herpes on your pen?
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:iconbluewyrm:
Bluewyrm Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Hmmm... I have a couple that I'm aware of, and I suspect there are more I haven't spotted yet. Do tropes count?
(This is for both my lit work and my visual stories, since they pop up in both)

- Not quite an image, but characters who end up with a surrogate father/uncle figure.
- Appearances are deceiving; things are usually more than the sum of the parts you can see
- gender ambiguous characters
- Stereotypically bad powers don't mean the wielder is a bad person, and vice versa.
- The more useless someone's abilities seem at the outset, the more critical they turn out to be (It's not the gun toting, badass captain of the ship who handles diplomacy with aliens, it's the intern who's good with kids and the human resources employee who can translate languages who end up saving the day, for example.)
- The phrase "You've got to be kidding me," as well as variations on "not again"
- Places where time stands still, particularly in relation to:
- Mirrors as a metaphor for the ceaseless/eternal and dreams
- Sunlight (usually 'golden' or filtering through treebranches) as, again, a sign of (happy) dreams, eternal moments, or the afterlife

Less seriously (more as a case of Author Appeal, I suppose):
- Hapless protagonists, A la Rincewind of Terry Pratchet's "Discworld" series or the main character of "A Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy"
- There's at least one BAMF lady, one offbeat trickster character who doesn't conform to social norms, and one slightly helpless guy.

Those are the big, obvious ones. There are some minor themes such as the future being unknowable and there being other universes/life on other planets that show up a lot, but I doubt they really qualify as motifs.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional
BAMF?
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Bluewyrm Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Acronym for "bad a** mofo." I had to look it up the first time I ran across it too...

(Also the noise one of the X-men makes when he teleports, but that's besides the point.)
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zeratul547 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Writer
I used to use a lot of scientific motifs in the past, usually from physics or astronomy.
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NegativeFifteen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
I think I might have the concept of beauty played out in several of my Hunger Games FF characters, mainly with several of my female characters. :l
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional
... wat. :I
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NegativeFifteen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Eeyup...
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've always found that a very common thing that pops up in my work is the concept of Humanity. What it means to be Human. Even the characters that are not 100% Human feel and act the same way as the other characters, which raises the thought that one doesn't strictly need to *be* Human to BE Human.

There's also smaller motifs, such as rising insanity, battles that cannot be fought alone, and even smaller symbols that crop up here and there.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional
Smaller motifs tend to be better than sweeping ones I find!

It turns out that sugarcane as a symbol of oppression crops up a lot for me.
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Chris000 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What, is it a more subtle thing that is more hidden that is more submerged into the text, or is it more out there?
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Cinestress Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think I use razor blades a lot. I need to branch out and stop writing when I'm depressed.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Can sarcasm be a thing?
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
One could argue either way.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Sexy!

But anyway, I'm not as down with the repeated motifs as with certain viewpoints.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
lecherousness isn't a viewpoint.
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:iconneurotype:
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Well, fuck.
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:iconabcat:
AbCat Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Writer
Trees and fish.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
For some reason when I think your work I think fish and seagulls.
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AbCat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Writer
:w00t:
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merrak Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist
People on a journey down a road. I didn't realize how often that came up as a plot device. I even went and found some things I wrote in junior high and high school (mid to late 1990's). Sure enough, there was a traveler. And they're usually headed west. Maybe I need to vary things up a bit...
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional
Why west?
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:iconmerrak:
merrak Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist
I can only speculate :) It's actually an interesting question that you asked, because I never really thought about it until now.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably hot redheads. :P Now and then they pop up.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Well, so long as none of 'em are riding a panda.
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Exillior Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That doesn't seem to have happened yet.
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raspil Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Writer
i used to write about drugs all the time and smokers. i am making the concerted effort to stop doing that because both are disgusting.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
I used to write about smoking, smoke, cinders, ashes all the time when I was a smoker. I've been smoke-free a month now, and haven't even been able to get a good fire image going on.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Concrete. And lights. And light falling on concrete. :lol:

And people seem to be in corridors/hallways a lot.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
An ex-lover wrote me a poem about concrete streets not changing my life, and since then I've never used the word "concrete" in writing or discussion on writing. As such, cobblestones turn up now and then.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I don't deal in cliches. I am always totally original.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Nothing you've even revisited later?
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Apart from the usual, death, God and madness - nothing.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
I am overly fond of things being translucent or veil-like. And the freakin' moon and darkness manage to filter into everything I write.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Woah - a name I recognise. Shock, awe, and turgidity.

Veil-like has so many connotations that it's one worth using all over the damn place, I think. Funerals, weddings, barriers, Islam.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
Unf.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Heh, I don't know why.

And yeah, I don't really use veils in any of those contexts, but they do pop up a lot, usually with metaphorical implications.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Where's the rest of the cabal these days?
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Depends on who you mean. I've been here a long time, you know. Some people have left dA or are inactive, some lurk the forums now and then, some are still floating around...somewhere.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Sally still pop in once a year or so?
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:iconsaintartaud:
saintartaud Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
She posted a journal maybe 2-3 months ago?
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Solaces Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
-Birds
-Carousels (o___0)
-Elephants
-Butterflies


I'm sure I'm missing a done.
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:icontiganusi:
tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Frilly! Fluffy! Pink and purple and eastereggly!
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KyteGlory Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
For some reason, everybody and their sister is reading Wuthering Heights. And usually at some point their particular copies of Wuthering Heights will meet a terrible fate. I've had Wuthering Heights get vandalized in red ink, dropped in a puddle, abducted by bad guys, left behind for monsters, used as kindling... and I don't even do it on purpose. It just keeps happening.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Fuck Heathcliff. I'd vandalize him in red ink, drop him in a puddle, and use him as kindling too.
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Dionaya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Fire and water. Nary a conversation goes by in my writing without a scathing glare or a trickle of emotion. :P
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
I don't write dialogue because it ends up all sounding like guttertrash - guess uneducated voices are a motif of mine, in that regard :P
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Actually, looking through my gallery I'm surprised I don't find the same images often :O_o: Though I did find quite some references to the cycle of day (dawn, night, sun, stars, moon). But I don't tend to reuse images, perhaps because my writing is rarely really focussed on imagery anyway.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional
Any specific words you use the hell out of, then? :pringles:
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I don't think so :B
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Water or snow. :O

not that I've written a lot, but they come up a lot in my lit. Fanfic not included in said analysis.
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