This week's challenge is tough: Describe a theme you have used in a story.
What works for you? Â What themes do you use in your writing?
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- Tag your submission with "Theme".
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"What Comes First?"
If the old â€œwhat comes first?â€ query applies to the development of a story, then my answerÂ would beÂ theme. Theme is at the conception stage and drives my writings, and since I donâ€™t outline, theme is not only my inspiration but my accountability partner.
In previous works, I have used countless themes; forÂ theÂ young adultÂ fiction series,Â I developÂ coming-of-age themes dealing with a pertinent issue of adolescence.Â As for my MWE write,Â â€œHow Sweet the Sound,â€ my theme lives within the unwritten portion of the story. Since I skipped the plot development stage, only I know where the story is goingâ€”and sometimes I am not completely sure of that either. With that said, my theme for the MWE storyÂ is: Inherent traits bond three generations of a family.
I will add to the pieceÂ this week, introducing Mosesâ€™ family to the reader. I have thoroughly enjoyed this exercise, since it was short and I did not wait until Sunday night to complete it. J
Kimberly Blackadar, former teacher and now author of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight, writes teen fiction and speaks to schools across the nation about reading and the writing process. Connect with Kimberly on her Facebook fan page and her blog.