Quote Originally Posted by buz View Post
Personally I feel stuck by how I sound, by what I think about, by how I construct things (or don't), by themes and characters that I can't seem to not put in. Sometimes I think, well, just embrace it. So what if this story has glaringly obvious samenesses with the last one. Now you've got a series. A thematic and stylistic common thread. A brand. Very nice. Perfect. Awesome.
+1.

Everything story I write, for instance, will have a cistern in it. Whether I want it to or not. I'm just writing along and the characters will wander past a random cistern and I think, "damn, there goes another one." I've accepted it at this point.