Free Resources



Home Mail: customer-service@storymind.com

Writing Tools


Write Your Novel
or Screenplay
Step by Step!

$29.95


Contact Us - About Us - Lowest Price Guarantee - Shipping - Return Policy


Copyright Melanie Anne Phillips - Owner, Storymind.com, Creator Storyweaver, Co-creator Dramatica



StoryWeaver Idea Spinner

Banish Writer’s

Block Forever!


$19.95

Articles on Writing Free Online Writing Classes in Streaming Video

Predicts Your Story’s Perfect Structure!

$119.95


Dramatica

Interactive
Index Cards


$19.95


Throughline Follow Us

Get our newest writing
tips and product
announcements in
our Newsletter, on
Facebook, Twitter,      or our Blog!

Movie Magic Screenwriter - Formats while you write! Movie Magic Screenwriter

$149.95


Personal help from
the Co-Creator of
Dramatica

Click for Details

Story Consultation Writing Tips

Newest Tips

Library of Tips


Video & Audio

Introduction to
Story Structure

12 Hour Story Structure Course

Secrets of
Story Structure


Free Books

Write Your Novel
Step by Step

50 Sure-Fire
Storytelling Tricks!

A Few Words
About Theme


Downloads

Story Structure
Graphic Novel

400 Page Book
on Structure

Narrative Science
Warning - Deep Theory!


Most Popular

Your Story Will Fail
(if you don’t do this)


10 Essential Tips
for Beginners


Be A Story Weaver  NOT a Story Mechanic!


Writing from the Passionate Self


The Creativity
Two-Step


A Novelist’s
Bag of Tricks!


Character Arc 101


How to Beat
Writer’s Block


How To Create
Great Characters


Character Development
Tricks!


Never Be Stuck
for a Plot Again!


Creating Characters
from Scratch


Follow Us

Follow Us at Storymind.com

A Few Words About Theme


By Melanie Anne Phillips
Creator StoryWeaver, Co-creator Dramatica



Go to Table of Contents to read the entire book free online


Or, you can download it to your Kindle


Part Seven


Unfolding Your Thematic Topic


The thematic topic is the subject matter of your story, such as “death,” or “man’s inhumanity to man.” No matter what topic you will be exploring, it will contain large issues, small issues, and everything in between.


In Act One, you need to introduce and establish your theme so that your readers or audience gets a sense of the kinds of issues you’ll be exploring. To do this, you have three different approaches available.

1. You could outline the scope of your subject matter with one or more large, definitive dramatic moments. Then, in acts two and three, you would gradually fill in smaller and smaller details, adding nuance and shading to the overall topic as the story progresses. This system is best when trying to apply topics that are often seen objectively or impersonally to everyday life.

2. Conversely, you could begin with the details in Act One, then move to larger concerns as the story progresses. This is a good way to elevate topics dealing with commonplace, mundane, or work-a-day issues to philosophical or global importance.

3. Finally, you could mix it up, presenting a blend of issues ranging from the large to the small in every act. This creates a feeling that the topic is an area to explore, rather than a statement to be understood.

Whichever approach you take, the pattern needs to be set up in Act One so your reader or audience can follow. So determine which approach you wish to take and then create specific examples that illustrate your topic, both in a large and small way.

Finally, pepper these examples into each act as the scope of your topic broadens, narrows, or contrasts the two extremes as it goes.


Postscript


I hope you have enjoyed these articles on theme.  If so, please stop by my web site at Storymind.com for many more.  And while you are there, try free demos of our software products for writers to help you develop your story’s world, who’s in it, what happens to them, and what it all means.


Melanie Anne Phillips