Sarah poses the following question to kick off this month’s Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog:
Does each book/story you write have an overarching theme, and if so, do you think of it ahead of time or discover it after?
GREAT question, Sarah!
Well, it’s hard to develop a concept without a main point. On the other hand, I don’t start the creative process with a theme in mind. For instance, I don’t say, “Okay, I’m going to write a novel about Giant Purple People Eaters.” Instead, I generally get a flash of a character in a certain situation and then I figure out his or her journey from there.
Easy peasy, right?
Back in the day, I’d pants my way from A to Z. After six novels (yes, SIX), the whole three act plot structure clicked. I had to turn my non-existent plots into, well, something. Sooooo, I started outlining. Lemme tell you, that elusive overarching theme quickly became evident.
So, to answer the question, I uncover the overarching theme as I go. BUT I find it much earlier in the process than I used to since I started outlining.
Check back next Wednesday for Lydia’s take on Sarah’s thought-provoking question!