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Restoration and Repair

Besides dead malls, my other current obsession, which is slowly creeping into my work-in-progress, is the “restoration and repair” genre on YouTube. People take old junk, from metal Tonka toys to antique radios to padlocks, refinish them, and make them like new. While I don’t quite get why you’d spend two weeks and a hundred […]

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Injecting Theme Into the Setting

Although I’ve already written a lot about theme, particularly in relation to character development. Today I want to go over how I’ve been injecting theme into the setting. It’s a quick-and-dirty way to reinforce what you’re trying to say with your story. Theme can help get your point across without beating the reader over the […]

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Creating Thematic Subplots

Having written a lot about theme recently, I want to break down how I use it while I’m writing. The thematic statement, my authorial message, is sort of like the laws of physics in my story. If the theme is “good versus evil” and I’m making the point that evil is like entropy and always […]

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Thematic Character Arcs

In the previous post I discussed thematic stance, how each character can bring a different perspective to the topic of a theme. All of the characters might agree that a war needs to be fought. One might do so out of patriotism, another from their compassion toward the oppressed, and a third out of opportunistic […]

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Thematic Concept vs Thematic Statement

Today I want to talk about theme. Specifically, I want to go over the distinction between thematic concept vs thematic statement. I also want to discuss what I call thematic stance, which leads into the next post where I talk about developing character arcs. It’s my expectation that most of you have already tuned out […]