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In my post “ …writing prompt #1” I introduced my first writing prompt challenge as a way to stretch my creative muscles. In writing prompt #2, I shared ways to get started for readers playing along. And also hinted at a new writing venture (stay tuned). In today’s post, I want to focus on the topic of story and “theme.” In the literary world, theme is the underlying message or “big idea” or—in other words—the heartbeat or soul of a story. Theme is expressed through the plot (the chain of connected events that make up a narrative—what actually occurs in a story) and through the characters’ journeys. For example, in The Lord of the Rings, the story is about a hobbit tasked with destroying an all-powerful ring sought after by all who encounter it. The theme is about the addictive and debasing nature of power.

If your life were a book, in 25 words or less, share your “story” and “theme” in the comments section.