Can having a theme for your novel help you write it well?
I think so. I’m halfway through my fourth novel and a theme helped my name it -
Look The Other Way
The theme: Is it murder if you look the other way?
What I mean by this is: Say a character could stop a death by taking some action but doesn’t. By the character’s inaction, the person dies. Is this murder?
Does the character . . .
- Believe he’s committed a murder?
- Suffer for his own inaction?
- Alter his future behaviour to make up for his inaction?
- Think that his inaction was justified? The right thing to do?
By focussing on the theme, I have lots to think about when developing not only the character that let a death happen, but the other characters who are affected by the death.
The name reminds me to think of the theme when I write each scene. That’s gotta be a good thing.