Monday, March 03, 2008

All in the theme

Before I write a story, I have to identify its theme. What's the message I hope to convey with this book? I've found that focusing on the theme helps me keep the characters and the plot on course as opposed to bouncing all over the place.

As an example, the theme of my recent book, On Fire, is trust. The message I hope I conveyed in that story is the value of trust in every relationship. I tried to show that the heroine trusted the other protagonists. Conversely, the antagonists were people neither the hero nor the heroine could trust.

When constructing each scene and building those scenes upon each other, I stayed focussed on that theme. I was so focussed on that message that I had even relationships between minor characters deal with the issue of trust. I didn't even realize that until this very moment.

Have you identified the theme in your story? If so, I'd love to know what it is.



Nine to Five Diva said...

Hi Patricia,

I really enjoy your posts because there's always a valuable lesson to be learned from what you write about. My schedule has changed recently so I haven't been able to post as much as I used to (but) I am always reading the blog. Keep up the great work.

~ Charlotte

BTW, the theme of my novel (in progress, in revision, etc., etc.) is "compromise."

patricia sargeant said...

Charlotte, thank you so much for your kind words regarding my posts. Wow! I really appreciate that.

Thank you also for posting. I love the theme for your latest novel, compromise. Please keep us posted on your work.

Best wishes!

Cherlyn Michaels said...

Hi Patricia,

I totally agree with your post. I do the same thing in my pre-writing process. I determine theme(s) and morals and ensure that each scene is working toward bringing it out. Helps to stay focused. Because we know how easy it is for the writer's mind to stray. LOL

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