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How to Spot the Theme of Your Story


What did the protagonist learn at the end of the story?


Example: humility


What is the big decision the protagonist must make at the end of the story?


Example: Riches or their humanity?


What’s the high-level concept for your story? 


Example: A father’s love for his son drives him to face his fears.


How did the protagonist change over the story?


Example: started selfish and became self-sacrificing


What common issue is the protagonist constantly wrestling with?


Example: acceptance


What are most of the scenes really about?


Example: commitment


What is the biggest issue between most of the characters?


Example: control


What makes the protagonist vulnerable?


Example: loneliness


What is the protagonist’s wound?


Example: abandoned


What do the protagonist and the antagonist have in common?


Example: obsession


What do the world and the protagonist have in common?


Example: apathy


Why did the protagonist finally decide to act?


Example: honor


Early in the story, why did the protagonist not act?


Example: shame


Last one: What was your biggest fear about writing the script?

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