Monthly Archives: April 2012

Shaping Your Theme

The theme is the message–the why–of your writing. You imbue the whole of your story with your theme and it, in turn, influences the choice of every element in your story–even when you’re not aware of it. In fact, all … Continue reading

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Three Ways an Inauthentic Theme Will Trip You Up

As you articulate your theme, ask yourself if this theme is really yours–does it reflect your present understanding of your story and of life itself? Continue reading

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Better Memoir Writing – Two Tips For Conveying Theme Effectively

Underlying all of your stories is its theme. The theme is really a message, the global way in which you understand your story — either in its entirety or in its Continue reading

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Theme Influences Everything

Theme influences choices for every element in the story: plot development, characterization, and setting. Let’s look at these elements. Here’s the shell of the plot: your father was laid off; a difficult time followed for the family; your father received … Continue reading

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