It’s a gripping title, no?

I’ve been meaning to post about recurring themes and imagery in my writing, and to find out if this happens to other people. Will I grow out of it? Do I actually want to grow out of it?

I go through phases where the same imagery pops up in my writing, whether I like it or not. And they continue to resurface.

I’ve gone through a phase with disjointed and severed limbs. One with dead birds. Right now I’m going through a thing with old people. Usually there’s a relationship breakdown involved, or cyclical and unstoppable time. Perhaps it’s the way all these things can be connected to decay, and appropriate to use with breakdowns and time.

I’m torn between whether this makes my writing same-ish, or if it’s giving me the opportunity to really explore the possibilities of imagery. I’m leaning towards the latter. I never use the same image in the same way. It’ll get recycled, but it a new direction…

Does this happen to anyone else?