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.