Yes, I'm talking about themes. The bane of my existence when I was in high school. I know, weird for someone who loves to read, but a discussion of story themes always made me want to snooze when I was a teen. No, I didn't actually fall asleep in class. I made every effort to appear attentive and fascinated, but I silently prayed that the teacher would not call on me because I knew I would look like an idiot. And I tried to sit behind really tall people:)
Anyways, I just didn't see the point of having to know about the theme of a story. I just wanted to be entertained when I read. And I confess, even when I first started reading books about writing, I usually skimmed over any reference to themes.
But when I started my current WIP, I decided to give the whole theme concept another shot. I kept reading books, articles, and blogs that preached the importance of knowing your theme. So I figured if it keeps showing up everywhere, then there must be something to it. So I made a list of what I thought of as being central to my book. I even wrote them on a sticky note and taped it to my desk.
And you know what? THEY WERE RIGHT! Yeah, all of those writerly type professionals actually knew what they were talking about. Because when I go back over my themes, I am constantly reminded of where I need to go in my story. I like to think of it as a guide to help me when my characters have a choice to make. I just refer to the themes and ask myself What would (insert character name) do? Why would he/she do this?
And I'm going to list a few of the themes from my WIP because I know you're dying to find out:
*Staying true to yourself
*Dangers of blindly following authority figures without fully knowing why you're doing it
*Hope for a better future
So how do you feel about themes? Love them or hate them? What are some of your themes?
Oh, before I leave you, I found my list of who gave me some awards. I have three, but several different people gave them to me. Since it takes forever to link other sites (courtesy of my very slow computer) I have decided to pass them out one at a time.
Today's award is the One Lovely Blog Award. I have a bunch of wonderful people who gave it to me, so I'll list them out for you: Natalie B., Tina Lynn, Carol, Elle, and Yaya. Thank you guys so much! And I'm going to pick just one blog to pass it on to: Jen at Unedited. I found her blog recently (well she found mine first) and I've really enjoyed getting to know her. And check out her post today. She has the neatest, cleanest writing space I've ever seen! So not like mine:0)