Although lockdown is gradually easing, there are still lots of things we can’t do. Groups meeting together indoors is one of them. This has led to the rise and rise of Zoom, video conferencing software that most of us had never heard of at the beginning of March but now use regularly. I take part […]
via A Zoom Writing Retreat — Sally Jenkins
Thanks so much for sharing this Sally. It sounds a way to get disciplined writing habits too!
Writing under a particular genre ~ romance, crime, mystery, fantasy or historical fiction, for example, is one way of classifying a novel, but what about the underlying themes.
Common themes are love, death, evil, survival, war, peace, tragedy.
Writersedit.com lists and describes 10 popular themes:
love, death, coming of age, good v evil, courage and heroism, survival, power and corruption, prejudice, individual v society, war
It is an interesting blog because it describes novels within each theme, great when beginning to plan a novel or even to advertise your novel alongside similar themes.
Why is knowing the theme important?
- When writing the blurb it is useful to incorporate the themes
- They are key search words for visibility on the internet (Amazon especially)
- Themes are succinct words for any marketing materials when describing your book
- They are great to have ready when giving a succinct verbal description if asked, ‘What’s your book about then?’ ~ difficult if you are not prepared and you don’t want to waffle on.
What themes did I chose?
When planning my recent novel, MISSING Past and Present I slipped into these major themes:
- Poverty and homelessness
- Mixed relationships and multi faith marriage
- Gender inequality
- Resilience and fortitude
In my last few blog posts I have addressed the first theme, Poverty and Homelessness, describing how working in a soup kitchen ‘cum’ network of support for homeless people inspired my novel in the first place, and so in the next few blog posts I will turn to the second and third themes, which I feel go hand in hand.