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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Thirteen

Plot the Thematic Significance

Months after readers have finished a great story, many cannot recall the action in scenes or describe the character development. However, even years later, those same readers still hold an idea, if vague, of what the story was about. They remember the underlying theme. As important as dramatic action and character emotional development are to a story, the reader wants all the action in all the scenes to add up to something significant and meaningful. This chapter addresses thematic significance and how to develop meaning in your plot.

Theme is what your story is about as an abstraction beyond the action. It is an idea that your story proposes or supposes, a speculated truth. Every story speculates ...

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