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How to Develop a Theme

when Writing
(Creative Non-Fiction)
PART 1: Preparing to
Develop Your Theme
1. Understand the difference between "subject" and "theme."
2. Identify the purpose of your writing
3. Identify your audience
4. Consider
the length of
what you're
writing
Part 2: Defining
Your Theme
1. Make an
outline of
your story
2. Brainstorm
ideas that can
represent
your theme
3. Look into your character’s
motivations
4. Think about
your story’s
conflict
5. Research to
support your
theme
6. Realize that
you can have
more than
one theme
Part 3: Weaving Your
Theme into Your
Writing
1. Choose
ways to
present your
theme to
your reader
2. Use
narration to
present facts
and details
3. Use description
to build an image
in the reader’s
mind
4. Use the
tool of
comparison
and contrast
5. Try an
analogy
6. Incorporate
symbolism
into your story
Part 4: Finalizing
Your Theme
1. Get
feedback
2. Put away
your writing
for a few
days
3. Make
changes to
your theme