More from "The art of integrating theme and story"
Published: June 30, 2006
|In the August 2006 issue of The Writer, Paola Corso discussed the art of skillfully integrating theme into story. Following are a couple writing exercises and additional resources on this topic.|
• Gotham Writers' Workshop: Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School: the chapter on theme, "So What's Your Story Really About?"
• Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway: chapter 10, "I Gotta Use Words When I Talk To You: Theme"
• Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills: the chapter on theme
• Take a campaign slogan such as JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" or a proverb such as "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" and write a story that illustrates it.
• Read a short story and summarize its theme so that it could be written on a slip of paper in a fortune cookie.