"I prefer to talk about the meaning in a story rather than the theme of a story. People talk about the theme of a story as if the theme were like the string that a sack of chicken feed is tied with…
Flannery O’Connor was simply masterful in her ability to convey the importance of writing without an agenda. One might say she was a champion of fiction sans subtext, stories void of duplicitous “big ideas”.
From her, and from my writing instructor in college, Aimee Bender, I learned to write fiction that speaks for itself, that takes you there, to that place of discovery, that place of human revelation. When a writer boxes themselves in, or tries to align with some metaphor or hidden conceit, that tends to dismiss their own potential.
I stumbled upon the enclosed link today and just had to share. Follow the link and read the quote from O’Connor. It’s amazing.