772: Theme Is Your Foundation

A client of mine was struggling to thread some work together … overwhelmed all the directions he could go, and going nowhere as a result.

A couple of days ago, we talked about the value of choosing a theme.

Not the scary, confusing “theme” of English literature … but the reassuring foundation of a simple, controlling idea.

The theme for my first thriller was right there in the title – execution is everything. I built the book around that idea. For my second, it took longer, but eventually I settled on [[Guilt]] … and it POWERED the story like a train.

As with so much in creativity, it helps to reduce your options – and theme does that.

Don’t be scared of it. Use it.

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