My series on theme is almost over, but not until I leave you with one last post. This isn’t at all like my normal posts, more of a resource list, I guess you could call it. Basically, I’ve compiled a list of my personal theme go-tos and haunts.
Just a quick recap of my blog series before we begin:
Pull on your ninja masks and get ready to stalk all these wonderful theme sources! Or your superhero cape. Whichever fits your jazz. 😉
Kingdom Pen has a huge wealth of theme-related advice, as well as pretty much every other writing advice you could be looking for. You can scroll through all their theme articles for some great tips (seriously, KP is a lifesaver 😛 ). Below is a list of some of my favourite theme posts from them.
Story Embers only started up this week, but I can already tell that it’s going to be amazing. I highly recommend checking them out and stalking them so you can keep up with future epicness. 😉
If Kingdom Pen is a lifesaver, this one is a lightsaber.
Okay, I don’t know how that was related, but this site is so. amazing. K.M. Weiland really knows what she’s talking about, so go onto her site, read all her posts. You honestly can’t go wrong.
Go Teen Writers
– How To Strengthen The Theme Of Your Book During Edits
– Weaving Theme Into Your Story
Creating Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland
The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken
Story by Robert McKee
I only own Creating Character Arcs, but I’ve read previews and snippets from the other two and I definitely recommend them. The authors all have so much knowledge and experience we can learn from and apply to our writing. 100% recommend that every writer tries to get their hands on at least one of these books if not all three.
Unfortunately this course is actually closed currently, but it’s planned to be opened up again within the next few months (last I heard), and it is the most amazing theme resource I have ever found. Not even exaggerating. Before I did this course I didn’t know very much about theme, and this was a huge eye-opener.
Yes, it does cost a fair bit of money, but if you ask me it’s absolutely, 10000% worth every dollar. And plus, you pay once and keep it forever so you can keep checking back every time you need to refresh.
Ye Good Old Classics
I did a blog post about why everyone should read the classics, and all of that still stands here. The classic authors were masters of theme and we can learn so much from them. A Tale of Two Cities, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Crime and Punishment—there’s plenty of options, and they will be worth your while.
Read fiction with good themes. Study them. See what a good theme looks like in the genre you’re trying to write. Learn from those who’ve gone before.
It doesn’t just have to be the old classic monsterpieces that we study. There’s still novels being released now that have wonderfully written theme.
I’ve read all of these books and can attest that the themes are all masterfully crafted. And the stories are also epicness so it’s a win-win, honestly. 😛
That’s pretty much all I’ve got (although I could fangirl over each of these books/sites/courses for hours), but as you can see, there’s a heap of good sites and resources out there to help coach us along with our learning.
Let’s hear it for writing strong, deep, and meaningful themes!
What’s your go-to place for theme/characters/etc.? What’s the best-themed novel you’ve ever read? Let’s hang out in the comments!