This is something I’ve noticed in recent time. With the stories and short plays that I have written within the past year or so, I’ve noticed how some of the subject matter I’ve been exploring is the same that I have touched on before in previous works. I’m not saying I’m retelling a story I’ve told before, but rather, I’m revisiting the same themes and topics.
This was something I initially observed with my script, “Common Ground,” last year, as it touched on topics in such a way that it was reminiscent of my short story, “The Shadows;” humanity’s faults from a celestial point of view. Now, I’m noticing that with a script I’m currently working on – not the screenplay – where it explores two people bonding over their differences by way of a common thread. My thoughts trace back to one of the storylines from A Moment’s Worth as I continue to work on it, and in the best way possible.
Is this something that I am bothered by? To be honest, no. If I were just straight up repeating myself, then I would consider myself to have a problem. But that’s not what’s happening here. I’m revisiting previous concepts and subject matter because they still hold up relevancy to me – and, on a wider scale, to my audience as well.
What has changed is not only execution, but also my perspective on the subject matter too. I’ve spent a lot of time, writing and learning as a writer, from the time I started pursuing it much more seriously in my early 20’s to now. I can feel a change and I can see a constant evolution in how I write my stories. Why, I look at An Absolute Mind, and even I would execute certain parts of the narrative differently now than when I had initially wrote it three years ago.
Already I have a general idea of what that is like to look back at previous writings and see how much you’ve changed. As someone who has been keeping journals for over 16 years, I can’t help but cringe when I read entries from ten years ago, seeing now just how pubescent I was back then. But that’s part of the beauty of journals; you document who you are in that time frame and are able to reflect on that at a later time.
The fact that my creative work is now starting to become like that is something I cherish; especially when looking back on previously used concepts and seeing how I would approach them now as a writer. So long as redundancy is absent and the perspective has evolved and/or matured, I find no issue in revisiting such subject matter, particularly if you still find value and relevancy in it now.
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