Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life

Don’t know your story’s theme? Look at your character’s arc

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Plot + Character = Theme. What separates a good story from a great one? We might throw out a lot of opinions, but mine is this: Your story’s theme is what will raise it above the pack, out of mere entertainment into something that sticks with readers, impacts their lives, and maybe even challenges them to grow. Awesomesauce!, you say. Great theme, here I come!, you say. But how do you find your story’s theme? Half the problem with theme is that authors tend to look at it as if it exists in a…

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Author: SBolithoe

Librarian, author, blogger, presenter, history buff and animal lover.

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