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    Good themes for writing

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by barleylounge, May 16, 2013.

    Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place! I'm trying to write everyday, but I'm struggling to think of themes/topics to write about. Does anybody have any ideas?
     
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    serious writers think up their own ideas/stories... they don't ask others to do it for them...
     
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    Google writing prompts or check out storyaday.org
     
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    How about a writer struggling for inspiration?
     
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    You could try to write about 1,500 words a day. (Any interpretation is valid, there is no word limit minimum or maximum.)
     
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    Think about what you like, what interests you, what you'd like to read about. That way it will be ten times easier. Never
    pick a subject that doesn't hold your interest.
     
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    I hope I'm not accused of advertising when I post this, but this page (http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-writ.php) has some good ways to start stories.
     
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    Watch the news. Watch a movie. Walk down a city street and listen to what people are doing, and conversations they are having.

    Pay attention, and let your imagination roam. Ask yourself "What if?" in relation to what you see or hear.

    Make a habit of it.
     
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    This is one of my favorite things to do. Word of advice, be casual about it so people don't think you're being a creep. haha :p


    You can google writing prompts too. I like to take my favorite characters, or whatever characters I'm working with at the time, and put them in a non cannon situation to see how they'd react. It challenges me and helps me understand my characters inside and out. Plus it's fun. :)
     
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    There seems to be two schools of thought on theme. One provides setting for your story, the other can make the difference between a good story, and one you shan't forget.

    The first theme is simple, and could be about vampires or pirates. And so forth.

    The second is far more interesting and can be about truisms to life. A simple example maybe, "War is more profitable than peace." Or, simpler yet, good versus evil -- one which has been done to death, I'm sure you'd agree. Maybe, "We are our own worst enemy." Think on something that is true to life.

    The story wouldn't be about the theme, but it would be subtext. The idea is not to give absolute answers -- the writer could run the risk of forcing their opinion on the reader -- but to allow the reader to form their own perspective on it. The central theme should be explored by each character, and by the end of the story, the character(s) will resolve something based on it.

    A story can have other themes running through it, too.

    The core theme doesn't have to be epic. "Betrayal in friendship," for example can be explored. And, to give you an idea of why a story doesn't have to be about theme, the story might be about the two friends going for the same girl. See?

    A good theme will weave through a story, unseen, untold, but felt.

    I hope this helps in some way.
     

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