Congratulations!

Today is your day,

You are off to Great Places

You are off and away!

So starts one of my favourite stories, for those that don’t recognise it, it is called Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss.  My son was given it when he was a toddler and it is one of his favourites too.  It is about growing up and trying your best in whatever you do.  Another one of my favourites is The Lorax, which has a strong environmental message.

What I suppose I am coming to, is theme.  Whether you like it or not, all stories have a theme.  Sometimes you aren’t even aware of it when you are writing it, you just want to get the words out before your head explodes into a million pieces and makes a big mess… OK, well maybe that only happens to me.

Themes can be subtle, or they can be very obvious, like Dr Seuss’ books, which is directed at kids, but even as a teenager I didn’t fully understand the Lorax until it was pointed out to me.

So, with my story, which has no title at present, I have been thinking about the theme I want to have throughout my story.  And I have come up with Trusting others.  Which sounds like a strange one, but my main character has trust issues.  And because she is the head of an underground organisation, she is forced to rely on those further down the chain that she might not necessarily know.  She also holds a secret that if exposed could put the whole operation into jeopardy.  She meets a vigilante who is a double agent, and she struggles once more with trust.

I am looking forward to writing this story, and seeing what predicaments I can put my main characters through to see how they respond!

I intend on trying to write a blog a day, even if it just on word count update, so join the journey with me.

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6 thoughts on “Today is your Day…

  • June 1, 2011 at 11:34 am
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    Hi Karen,
    I took an online writing course recently with Bob Meyer, called “Warrior Writers”. One of the lectures was on a writer’s core theme which runs through all his/her books whether she/he realizes it or not. He gave us a kind of personality test designed for us to discover our strengths and flaws within ourselves and how we often are in denial about, or blind to, our own major flaw – although have no trouble seeing faults in others! I find this helpful when creating ’rounded’ characters and very insightful as to my own core theme which I’ve discovered does major in my two published novels to date.
    Maybe we write what we know quite subconsciously.

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    • June 2, 2011 at 7:59 am
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      For a long time I just wrote stories, but recently I have been more aware of trying to incorporate a theme into my stories. I have actually plotted around my theme hopefully this will work out nicely!

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  • June 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm
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    Reading this makes me glad, again, that I picked Wishful Thinking for SoCNoC, or was led to. I’d say the main theme there is self-love, or the lack there of. With Belligae, of course, I have no idea. Wishful: a million, Belligae: 0.
    I don’t think I’ve ever read the Lorax, strangely enough. At least I have no memory of it from when I was a kid or from any of my nieces or nephew. But I was always really sensitive to environmental issues as a kid, I thank Studio Ghibli for that, so I think I would have remembered reading it. I’ll have to find a copy.
    Good luck with SoCNoC!

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    • June 2, 2011 at 8:01 am
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      We read the Lorax as part of Environmental studies. Once I understood the message in the book, I had a better appreciation for the story.

      I think if you read all of Dr Seuss’ books, you would find a very profound meaning in each and every story – Green Eggs and Ham – try something before you deny it… mind blowing what he put in there for kids really!

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