Developing a Theme – From the Maltese Tiger blog


What is a Theme?

In the simplest terms, a theme is an idea. It’s not what your story is about because that would be the plot. The theme is what you, as the writer, are trying to say. What is the moral of your story? What is the lesson that you want readers to take away?

A theme is usually distilled to a single sentence or even one word. Examples include, “love conquers all,” or simply “Love,” or “Family.” You may begin with a theme in mind and write a story that illustrates that theme. Or, you can also draft a story then examine it and ask yourself, “What am I trying to say?”

Your plot answers the who, what, where, and when. A well-developed theme answers the most important question- Why? As in why are you writing this story? And, why should a reader care? But Theme can be a bit esoteric, so let’s look at concrete examples.

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