This is going to be a very short reference article for folks to see first-hand some of the Master Themes I’ve personally run in my writing over the years.
Master Theme is so absolutely critical to solid scripting and crafting genuine story, I’ve discussed it at length on the free site. I talk to it all the time here on S2S and in my writing books, but the crux of it can be found here;
Master Theme, Secondary Themes and Character Arcs
If you do nothing else as a writer, integrate a Master Theme. It is the foundation everything else builds upon.
Folks constantly over complicate the concept of the Master Theme; Master Theme is simply, your specific message to the reader.
Ok, on to the ones I’ve used over the years.
Oh, one more thing, just like illustrators often have their trademark styles, writers often write to similar Master Themes–well at least in their own work–when you freelance and work for other folks, you often have to write to the message they want to convey.
Anyway, while it’s great to be versatile, there’s nothing wrong with keeping to a wheelhouse. It’s almost like specializing in a genre.
If themes of political corruption float your boat, write about it!
If Master Themes of primal revenge fiction turn you on, do it!
Write your passion.
The unique details of every story give the story completely new life, despite how many times you’ve used the same or similar, Master Theme before. In fact, I think it’s pretty neat to see wildly different stories, from the same writer, running the same Master Theme… especially if they’re totally different genres.
Anyway, here’s my list;