It's entirely possible that my question reveals a flaw in my thinking (I hope it does, because I've been blocked for awhile), but how do you answer it? Coming up with plot ideas is fun and easy, but a theme and insightful things to say about it aren't as easily accomplished, at least for me. Do I think of plot and then apply a theme? I thought of this, but it seems impractical because you figure the plot would arise from the theme or issue your story is about. If that's the case, how do you decide on a theme? How do you guys go about creating or thinking of interesting topics to explore?