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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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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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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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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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