So now that I have committed myself to writing this story. This first thing I do is brainstorm a few horses(themes) for this story. The goal is to find its core and then to choose a symbol that this story core could revolve around, and hopefully pull out a few minor themes that can help me build the story cast.
Examples of symbol story cores are:
- The Beehive in The Secret Life of Bees
- Purple Hibiscus in Purple Hibiscus
- the water well in Abraham's Well
- basket weaving in The Spirit of Sweet Grass
- a pair of magic jeans in The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
I am writing a woman's self-discovery/romance story. It is about a hopelessly sad woman who on the brink of killing herself receives a request letter from an old college friend, who's now a soldier deployed to Iraq.
The story core of my story is hope. Both characters are searching for hope. So I need to shape every aspect of this story(the character's action, description, cast, everything) around this core of hope. What does hope look like? Is the question that I am answering through this story.
It is also the answer I seek as I search for a symbol that I can build this story around.
I have been taught a few techniques to help me search and find this symbol. For the next 30 minutes at home. I will apply those techniques and get my symbols.
While I'm away I would like to know from you, how much effort do you put in thinking about your story's theme?
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