I know. I'm late today. But smile now, because #3 is here! What does it say? See the original list here:
#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.
Theme. Do you always start a story with a theme? I must admit my goal has always been: What message do I want to portray in my story?
Now, I'll admit the hard hitting truth. My theme usually changes, evolves or CHANGES as I write. Why? Because when I first start on a story, I don't know my characters very well. As I write, I learn more about why they do the things they do and as I grow closer to them, I learn secret things about them.
These things often change my theme because when I thought "he" was a forgiving person, my theme was forgiveness. I soon discovered "he" held grudges and found it impossible to forgive, so my theme changed from forgiveness to redemption.
My point? I agree 100% with point #3 because by the time you finish a story, everything changes, from plot, to characters, to theme. Now that you know what your story is about, it's time to revise and fix that theme!
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