Steer clear of stale themes

Round stamp with text: OriginalI read so many YA novels with similar themes. It’s refreshing when one of these novels gives some sort of new spin on an overused idea, but even then I wonder why we all share so many of the same convictions when we are all so different.

I just find it hard to believe we share the same opinions and outlooks.

So why don’t we challenge these convictions?

Some of these traditional themes include sacrifice, forbidden love, freedom from control, and choice. And while these are all great themes, I just think it’s time to break new ground.

Novels have multiple themes, but typically there is an overarching ideal which the author may/may not have intentionally written into the story. (More often than not, it’s intentional. To the reader, however, it is so seamlessly woven into the story it seems as though it could only be natural.) So while some of these more typical themes may emerge in your story, take a step back and think about what you’re really trying to tell your audience.

What is your overarching ideal?

Ask yourself what you believe in. Create a list of your core morals and values. Seriously, take a look at your life and make note of the choices and decisions you’ve made and the reasoning behind them. What questions do you need answered? What bothers you? What do you wish was different?

The best books give me something to think about for days, weeks, even months after I’ve read the last word.

Ex)  Divergent by Veronica Roth

I could discuss this book for hours. Nobody should be defined by one trait, one label. And yet, we stereotype and label others every single day.

I have yet to write a compelling novel such as Divergent. I hope, someday, I will. Until then, I look forward to developing my own opinions, ideas, beliefs, and observations about the world around me. We are all original, and our writing should reflect that.

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