September 26, 2012
The Freelings are back together and safe…killer clowns notwithstanding.
We talked about the themes the movie may illustrate: a family can survive anything together, suburbia will kill you, television is evil or even immoral behavior can lead to damnation. All have evidence within the story. That’s the mark of a theme–plenty of examples in the story. Reach for that in your writing.
A theme is a life lesson for anyone, not just the characters in the story and it must be expressed in a complete sentence. Consider the best stories you’ve ever known; what lesson did they teach? A story can be thousands of years old and still be relevant today if the lessons in it are relevant. The Odyssey, Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, Gatsby, Cuckoo’s Nest, Seabuscuit. Oh, the lessons they’ll teach!
If you’ve not begun already, start writing your short story. We’ll begin writing in the Media Center–get a desktop, trust me.
Look back on your notes. Get to know the character you created. Consider the conflict you wrote. Make any necessary changes and get crackin’.
The Groovy guru