Personal Philosophy: Topics and Themes

Part of the appeal of writing is the opportunity to write whatever you want. That’s the theory, anyway. (The drawback is that you don’t get to write however you want.) Many writers actively look for inspiration from the outside world in the form of news articles, overheard conversations, and research. But these strategies are grounded […]

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Use Writer’s Block: Developing Theme

Got writer’s block? Congratulations. You might  have discovered a theme for your book. After all, writer’s block highlights what is important to you and what stands in the way. The theme of your book is a unifying message. Theme can be tied to inner or outer conflict and its inevitable/best/worst resolution. Theme should be something […]

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Write a Theme, Not a Sermon

Every book is “about” something. What is right or wrong, love conquers all, and other profound topics. The theme is the core message of the book. In essence, it is an opinion about reality – a perceived truth. Likely, it is something you believe in strongly. This is great. It means you can write strongly […]

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Theme: An Answer or a Question?

Earlier I wrote about theme as though it had to be a statement or opinion about life. Like much with writing, this is a rule made to be broken. If a theme can be a statement, can’t it also be a question? Absolutely! I do believe that a theme says something about life. Every book […]

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