Here is something that you should think about while writing… What is the message or theme of your manuscript? Sometimes you may not even realize what your theme is. But it is something that you might want to consider. Okay, so what is theme?
A theme in fiction is how people view life or how people react in life. It shouldn’t preach or teach or even be actually said out loud in the story. It is unspoken. It is figured out by how the characters act, the action in the story and even from the settings. The reader must figure it out for themselves via the inferences that you have put in the manuscript. Sometimes the theme is very transparent, sometimes it is deeper and requires the reader to really think deep about the story.
If you don’t think about your theme before during your writing , you should go back after it’s written and figure it out. It’s important especially if you are writing a series. That way you can carry the same theme throughout all of your books.
I’ve found that one of the major themes in my books is family is the most important thing. Another theme I enjoy writing about is loyalty between family/friends or the lack thereof and the ramifications of this.
What is the theme in your writing? Think about it. Write about it. Stay tuned.
Angela Abderhalden is the author of the Mel Addison Mystery Series and Acquiring Editor for Seventh Wave Books, LLC.