The Second Thing You Need in a Good Story – Theme (2nd post – Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t )

Steven-Pressfield_Nobody-Wants-To-Read-Your-ShitI’m writing a series of posts reviewing parts of Steven Pressfield’s book, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t. Today I’m focusing on the importance of “Theme.”

The theme of the story is what it’s about. Once you’ve defined the concept of your work (see #2 post below), you need to develop your theme.

But let me be clear, the theme is not the subject of the book. It is the opinion you present on the subject. For example. Is your story about love? Love is then the subject. But you could create many themes about love. It conquers all obstacles … it never dies … it transforms …

Here is a random selection of popular book themes: alienation (how it affects us), jealousy (how the green eyed monster corrupts), survival (man vs nature), marginalizing, prejudice, greed and the list goes on.

Every character, every scene, every “everything” in your book will have a relationship to your theme. The protagonist embodies the theme, while the antagonist reflects the anti-theme. Every scene moves the plot forward while reflecting on the theme.

Once you’ve established your high concept and theme writing your story should become easier.

But who am I kidding? We all know that writing a good story is challenging and let’s face it, that’s one of the reasons we do it.

Till next time,

happy writing my friends,




Want more?

My Series on Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t:

1 – Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t -My Review

2 – How Big is Your Concept?

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

Jo-Ann Carson writes a saucy mix of fantasy, adventure and romance. Her latest stories are in the Gambling Ghosts Series: A Highland Ghost for Christmas, A Viking Ghost for Valentine’s Day, Confessions of a Pirate Ghost and The Biker Ghost Meets his Match. An anthology of the novellas will be coming out this summer. Currently she is working on Midnight Magic, A Ghost & Abby Mystery, the first book in a spin-off series from her Viking ghost story. Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, playing Mah Jong and drinking good coffee. You can chat with her on social media: You can find all her links on her website -

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