Creating a theme is among the key elements in writing a story – it shapes the narrative arc, provides motivation for the characters and (maybe) imparts a moral [“Wheel of Morality, turn, turn, turn – tell us the lesson that we should learn”]. Picking a genre in which to write contributes to the whole theme creation thing, though those elements can (and often do) intersect and overlap, creating a new genre or sub-genre. Paying homage to an existing work (whether it’s another novel series, TV series, or film) is tricky – putting too much effort in the homage could be misconstrued as “copying” or (even) “stealing” from the original source material. Figuring out all of these elements, and finding the balance is the
fun hard interesting part of the writing process.
As mentioned (at great exhaustive length) throughout this blog, I’ve (more or less) remain in the Plotting and…
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