Friday Snippet: Theme and Concept

As promised, one complete chapter (and one complete tool) in the Plot Clinic. As voted on by you folks, that chapter is: Chapter 11: Theme and Concept.

All the usual disclaimers apply: spellos, typos, copyright, no reprint, yadda, yadda.

Things will be getting hectic later, so I want to post this now before I forget.

Plot Clinic: Chapter 11–Theme and Concept

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6 comments… add one
  • hollylisle Apr 16, 2007 @ 7:55

    Ian–Yeah, it’s a lot harder to find them and weed out the chaff from the grain once the book’s already written. Best of luck–you have my sympathy.

  • IanT Apr 16, 2007 @ 3:26

    Excellent stuff, Holly, and as far as I’m concerned, perfectly timed – I’m struggling to pick out the clear themes in the mass of my 150k first draft.

  • hollylisle Apr 14, 2007 @ 11:57

    Zink—The processes are pretty similar. It’s just easier to write the book in first draft if you have a grasp of your themes and concept beforehand. If you have to figure it out afterwards, you end up doing a lot of retrofitting.

    Retrofitting–getting right the second time things you shouldn’t have screwed up the first time.


  • Zink Johnson Apr 13, 2007 @ 22:54

    LOL, hockey- a sport to conquer all others. I’m guessing, though, that a lot of the advice of finding themes both before and after a book is written is similiar, because I’m pretty sure a lot of that awesomeness was also touched upon in 1st stage of One-Pass Revision. Of course, I loved it and read both of them over anyway. 😀

  • Annalisa Apr 13, 2007 @ 13:39

    This is so awesome. Again, your tone is so approachable. Businesslike, but fun and full of realistic expectations. I think that’s especially important for this section (although it’s important to all of them) because identifying themes can be so damn daunting!

    And wow, a character named Annalise? That’s actually my real name, so it’s pretty cool to see it used in a book of any kind. That’s never happened to me before. Yay!

  • Jass Apr 13, 2007 @ 12:18

    Thank you, Holly. It’s just like xmas. Drool.

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