Elements of the Short Story – Theme

What Is A Theme?

If you think about it – the Theme of your story is what the Story is REALLY about.

For instance, you write a loving story about spending time with your grandmother in her kitchen while you were young. You tell about the smells, the feel of spending time with her, and you even describe the kitchen down to the last detail. But the story is about how a child experiences LOVE.

While the term, theme, is often misunderstood, it is an essential part of your story. Too many people view it as an abstract concept instead of the actionable item within the context of your writing. This trend is unfortunate, because if viewed correctly, the theme is the story.

I just read a great book on this concept. The author is K.M. Weiland, and the book is Writing your story’s Theme, The Writer’s Guide to Plotting Stories that Matter. The book was just released in October and it explains the concept of how a powerful theme comes about.

“Powerful themes are never incidental. They emerge from the conjunction of strong plots and resonant character arcs.” ~K.M. Weiland

I couldn’t decide whether to put this blog entry in the ‘Mustang Patty presents,’ or here. I think ‘theme’ is an important element of the short story, so I ultimately decided to put it here.

Watch my blog on www.mustangpatty1029.com – I will be giving away a copy of this book sometime in December, 2020.

Until next time,

~Mustang Patty~

Published by Mustang Patty

I am finally a full-time author, who writes legal thrillers, how-to- books, short stories, flash fiction, a tiny bit of poetry, and Blog posts. My published works include 'Guilty until Proven Innocent,' 'Innocent for the Moment,' and 'Moment by Moment.' This is a trilogy called the Jill Adair Series. Additionally, I've written a collection of short stories about my dogs, Howie and Bernie - with a 2nd Collection coming in late 2021. I'm also coordinating an Anthology of Short Stories called, '2021 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology.' This book will be available on Amazon.com on August 1st of 2021. (The 2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology is currently available on Amazon.com - the collection includes 30 stories, written by 18 different Authors from three continents.) I am married to my wonderful hubby of over 37 years, and I have two grown children, named Heather and Gregory. I've been blessed with two beautiful grandbabies, Heather Rose and Logan Ernest.

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