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!
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