There’s a Theme?

Novel’s at 78,941 words. Which is an odd time to have finally figured out its theme.

Or rather, one of its themes. You’d think I’d have known this going in, the kind of weighty things I would be trying to deal with in the story.

Nope. I had a hook, a starting scene, and an idea of how I wanted to portray the characters. That was it.

Actually stumbled across the theme this week, while reading a different book. Something in what the author was talking about meshed with the upcoming events of the story my subconscious was chewing on, and that was it: I knew my theme.

It’s a little late to alter the draft much to accommodate it, but I’ll be writing the last third with the theme in mind. It’ll really come into play when I go back through for the second draft, and start making edits to bring it out more or eliminate passages that conflict with it.

4 thoughts on “There’s a Theme?

  1. I wouldn’t worry. You’ll find theme is something that comes from your subconscious. Your second draft, as you suggest, is where you can strengthen the theme in earlier chapters.

  2. Thanks, I certainly hope so 🙂 Though, I seem to be accumulating a lot of things to do/fix in that second draft…

  3. That makes sense – sometimes we don’t know what we’re trying to express until we munch on it for awhile. The book reveals itself as we write it. Bummer that the timing is so inconvenient though!

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