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How to Structure Your Story’s Theme

By Melanie Anne Phillips Your thematic message (moral of the story) has two sides: the Issue and the Counterpoint. The Issue is the human quality under examination in your story (such as greed) and the Counterpoint is the opposite trait … Continue reading

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Coming Apart at the Themes

Even when a story has memorable characters, a riveting plot and a fully developed genre, it may still be coming apart at the themes. Theme is perhaps the most powerful, yet least understood element of story structure. It is powerful … Continue reading

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Both Sides of Your Thematic Argument

Every powerful theme pits a “Message Issue” against a “Counterpoint”, such as “Greed vs. Generosity”, or “Holding On To Hope” vs. “Abandoning Hope”. The Message Issue and Counterpoint define the thematic argument of your story. They play both sides of … Continue reading

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Coming Apart at the Themes

Even when a story has memorable characters, a riveting plot and a fully developed genre, it may still be coming apart at the themes.  Theme is perhaps the most powerful, yet least understood element of story structure. It is powerful … Continue reading

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Developing Your Theme

Write Your Novel Step by Step Go to Table of Contents Steps 58 – 61 Developing Your Theme ~ Step 58 ~ Counterpoint For every human quality, there is the opposite quality. For example, greed is balanced by generosity, denial … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Thematic Topic

Write Your Novel Step By Step Step 27 – Your Thematic Topic In this step, you’ll explore how a thematic topic provides the glue to hold your characters, plot and theme together. Then, you’ll identify the best candidates for a … Continue reading

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Coming Apart At The Themes

Read it here for free or get it on Kindle for $0.99 Even when a story has memorable characters, a riveting plot and a fully developed genre, it may still be coming apart at the themes. Theme is perhaps the most powerful, … Continue reading

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