Some of the most brilliant writers fail to get published, and not because their work isn’t ready for publication, but because they fail to submit their work. Maybe you’re one of them. Or maybe you’re one of those who submits a short story, essay, or query once in a blue moon, hoping for the best (but, more likely than not, getting rejected).
For many writers, upon hearing the word “theme,” our eyes tend to glaze over and our mouths grow slack-jawed. The word may set off flashbacks to high school English, in which teachers forced us endlessly analyze a story’s theme, images and motifs when all we wanted to do was enjoy the writing and the characters. “Can’t a story just be a story?” we might have cried out as we did our homework, shaking our fists at the heavens. Read More