Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book in a Month Pt 10: Creating a Theme



Blogspiration is a new weekly meme hosted by GrowingUpYA and Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writers alike. 

Now that I started writing, I'm on a roll!

I have to fight off frequent attacks from The Banes of Creativity. There are two in particular that have been aggressive:

The You Suck Duck, who quacks, "This Sucks! What are you thinking? This writing is pure gar-bage!"

The Distractinator, who tells me I should drink coffay, wash the dishes, talk to my roomies, read, pet the cat, pretty much anything besides write.

When The Banes come up, I think the best advice is to just, "keep calm and write something." Don't let them win!

Wishing on Daisies 
Current Progress: 3621 words
Chapter 1, 2 - Complete. 
Chapter 3 - In Progress

      Creating a Theme: 
      Theme is the message of the book, or the moral of the story. It's basically what you want to share with others. The main plot of the story should connect to the theme. I think with Wishing on Daisies the theme is something like "Believe in yourself, because you are more beautiful and powerful than you think."


      What do you think about Theme? Do you try to consciously think of the story's theme, or do you let a theme naturally develop?

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      1. You're doing awesome! *cheers* I never consciously think of a theme. Yet, after reading a few writing books this year, I think more about the story worthy problem. And within the story worthy problem is the theme.

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        1. Thanks Christine! I never thought of that before. But that is so true, within a great struggle is a great theme :)

          Andrea

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      2. Great progress!

        Thanks for telling me about the Blogspiration meme. :)

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        1. Thanks Dana!

          There are so many bloggy things out there, I try to let people know about them when I can :)

          Andrea

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      3. Beautiful ;) :) I like it! And I love you message ;)

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        1. I will try, how are things going with you? :)

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      5. I have definitely grappled with The Distractinator on more than one occasion. But it's like you wrote; once you're on a roll, the magical flow carries you forward. The trick (for me) is to just get started, already. :-)
        Some Dark Romantic

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        1. Does that mean you are thinking about getting started sometime soon? I hope so! Let me know if you need any help :)

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      6. I believe everyone eventually fights off "The Distractinator." There are some distractions we can't avert, i.e., the doorbell ringing, etc.

        Some of the things I have to stave off are loud motorcycles, crowing roosters and what sounds like UFO's. lol

        As for theme, it varies with me. At times I have a specific them in my writing, however, allowing a theme to develop is easier for me.

        By the way, I am now following your blog. Thanks.

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        1. Thanks Jeremy, it sounds like you have some pretty serious distractions, UFOs?! Wow!

          I'm so glad you stopped by and decided to follow :)

          Andrea

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      7. Keep calm and write something! Excellent Love the motto.

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      8. I'd say my theme naturally develops. I've never really tried to write a story around a theme, it just happens.

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        1. I think that is the way most writers work, it may actually be bad to try to force a theme (don't want to come across as too preachy) :)

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      9. I WUBS THIS POST!!! *HUGS*

        YES!! I go through the EXACT SAME THINGS when I write. And you're absolutely right. You just have to sit down, keep calm and just WRITE!!

        Perfect post!! :D

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        1. Yay!! *hugs*

          So glad you liked the post, I always love reading yours as well.

          :D

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      10. I think The Distractinator is living in my house this week. Tonight I vow to accomplish something.

        After I do write, I'm sure the You Suck Duck will pay me a visit, but I'll tell him "Hey, don't hate on me! You're just mad because you always have a huge bill in front of your face!"

        He, he! Feeling some creativity coming on. I'd better get back to my writing before it slips away again!

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        1. "You always have a huge bill in front of your face, LOL."

          That was great! :)

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      11. Oh dear. YES. Both of these plague me... in everything I do. But I think you've nailed it with this: "Now that I started writing, I'm on a roll!"

        They key is to start! LOVE it, Andrea! xx

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