What Possible Theme Can Day Zero Have?
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As anyone who wants to grow in their abilities does, I’ve been reading more about my craft. I’m very aware of the journeys that my characters go through but I sometimes lack the vision to actually SEE the thematic edge my work has until it’s completed. I’ve heard of writers who have to know their theme before they write so that they can point all of their arrows at it. Whenever I’ve tried to do that, it seems very contrived.
But theme is important. Without meaning, what is the point to a story besides to entertain? It makes it the candy fluff of the literary diet. And I want to be more than that.
Luckily, even when I’m not “writing toward the theme,” I instinctively have a meaning to my work. “And, what would that be,” you ask?