Leslie D. Soule
So for me, the song is about the deeper issues that love intermingles with, and it’s about how all-pervasive the idea of love is. That’s why in the process of writing, it seems that you can’t skirt around the issue of love and you have to deal with it one way or another with what you’re writing. That being said, love is one of those things that’s difficult for me to write about. Writing is such an expressive form of art, that it’s hard to open yourself up enough to write honestly about love.
Love is one of those ideas that becomes a base concept for other branches as well – under the general heading of “love” you’ve got self-love, which is different from a relationship-type love with a boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse, which is different from the love of family members, which is different from the love of ideas, the love of a country, a planet (which I delve a bit into with my short story “Worlds Divide”), etc.
In short, love has everything to do with it, if “it” means your story. Love is what connects characters, drives them apart, drives them to act the way they do, etc. However, love isn’t the only driving force you have to delve into, and undoubtedly won’t be the only motivations that your characters must have. So in answer to the question, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” I offer the ambiguous answer: Everything, and nothing, all at once.
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