COMMON THEMES FOR STORY NARRATION
My work in progress involves a narrow focus for research, but I’m finding so much great historical information I want the readers to know it all too. For my nonfiction book though, I’m forcing myself to stop chasing every topic that I might stumble across and instead, keep to the theme.
If you have trouble staying on task within your story narration like I sometimes do, you might consider writing under a common theme. Themes can be used for fiction as well. Write the theme in big letters and post it on your bulletin board so that you can be reminded. Your character’s motivation, conflicts, and the way they react to that obstacle can reflect the theme.
Some of the more common ones are listed below, and you might recognize them in your favorite books or movies.
The main character never gives up no matter what obstacles are thrown in his path to achieving his goal. As the writer, you can make his life miserable, throw everything at him you can, and he will persevere.
The main character is a leader who encourages others to work together, and the band of characters cooperate to solve the problem.
The main character discovers his/her own inner strength to overcome fear and finds the courage to take the risk.
The main character accepts their fate, accepts the reality of their world, or accepts others’ differences.