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  • #31224

    I’m a fairly new writer and theme is one of the roadblocks that I’m having some problems with.

    Any advice on themes, please!!

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. 🙂 https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

    #31234
    Daeus Lamb
    @daeus-lamb

    @emma-starr Well, my first recommendation would be an article I wrote called Theme Made Simple or maybe it was Theme Made Easy, I’m not sure which. You can find it in Writers’ Rank Advancement Guide,  which you can get a copy of by taking our writing rank quiz.

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    #31236
    Elizabeth
    @elizabeth

    I’m new at this too, so I’m just gonna sit and watch what everyone else says…

    INTP. Writer of fantasy and sci-fi. Wannabe artist. Anime geek. Merakian.

    #31271
    K.M. Small
    @morreafirebird

    @emma-starr I would definitely recommend Daeus’s article! Another good resource is K.M. Weiland’s post series on character arcs (on helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com). Though it’s about character arcs, they actually end up tying in really closely. Basically, theme is the moral idea of your novel (to paraphrase Daeus’s article) and the characters spend the novel exploring different ways to answer the focusing question. 🙂

    ~ Khylie
    "Beauty will save the world." - Dostoevsky

    #31319

    @daeus-lamb Thanks! I will definitely check it out.

     


    @morreafirebird
    Thank you! 🙂 I have done a lot of research on story theory, character arcs, and plot using K.M. Weiland’s website, and I understand the general idea of theme, but my main problem is how to weave a basic theme into the storyline using all characters to support it.

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. 🙂 https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

    #31336
    K.M. Small
    @morreafirebird

    @emma-starr ah, I see. Then I’d recommend Kingdom Pen’s archive of posts on theme, and my friend Jane Maree did an excellent post series on them (the one on Theme in Action might be just what you’re looking for). There’s also the Theme Mastery course, created by our very own @josiah-degraaf. Though it’s a bit of money, I would 10 out of 10 recommend it. And if you have any specific questions on theme, I’d be happy to try and answer them — I’m very passionate about the topic 🙂

    ~ Khylie
    "Beauty will save the world." - Dostoevsky

    #31353
    Josiah DeGraaf
    @josiah

    @emma-starr If you’re focusing on characters in particular, you may find this post I wrote for Kingdom Pen helpful, as I think a lot of theme & characters (outside the protagonist) boils down to foil characters: http://kingdompen.org/foil-characters-what-they-are-and-how-to-use-them/ @gabrielle also wrote a post about this for KP you can find here: http://kingdompen.org/how-villains-and-side-characters-can-deepen-your-protagonists-character-arc/

    As Audrey mentioned, I do also teach a self-paced course about the subject. Registration has been closed the past 8 months, but I should be opening it up for enrollment again sometime May/June once I get enough time to finish making certain tweaks/additions to the Theme Mastery course.

    Lit fanatic. Eclectic reader. Theology nerd. Writing fantasy at https://josiahdegraaf.com

    #31424
    DragonGeek
    @dragongeek

    I second @morreafirebird–K M Weiland is the way to go! I learned a lot about how to make my story’s theme and structure work from her!

    Fandoms: Narnia, LotR, Harry Potter, Marvel, MLP, Ranger's Apprentice, probably everything else

    #31432

    @morreafirebird @josiah Thank you so much! I’m going to read all those articles. After that, I’m sure I’ll be able to come up with something good. 🙂

    Spreading God's love until I can see seven billion smiles. 🙂 https://sevenbillionsmiles.home.blog

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