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Topics Are Not Themes: Part II

Just look back after your first draft. If you’ve drawn the story from a topic or clichéd theme, you might just find a real pearl in there.

Topics Are Not Themes: Part I

Great themes involve topics most of humanity faces: love, death, sacrifice, triumph. See the list above. The writer should have something to

How Subplots Illuminate Theme

Subplots stand out because they deviate from the main narrative. And like every other part of a good story, the subplot should address the t

Scenes With and Without a Theme

The following are two different ways to write the same scene. One deals with the theme “why people are deceptive.” The other does not. They’

How to Write Theme into Scenes

Your protagonist should have an internal and external need. Both needs are connected through the theme. So if your theme is working, most of

What is Theme?

The theme is the central controlling idea of your story. It’s why you decided to write it. And that’s why it’s so personal to a writer.

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