It is very important to establish convincing themes in any story. It is also extremely difficult to establish satisfactory themes in a story. In my personal experience, I have had a tough time not ignoring themes when I jump into a story. I also find that when I don’t think about the question “What is the point I am trying to get across?”, stories can easily bore the reader. I have found that in order to build a successful story the writer must first settle on a primary purpose and also some secondary motifs.
When writing a fiction work of any size it is important to first ask the question, “What is my main point in writing this?” If the main point of writing your story is to write a thrilling story, than a question you may ask yourself is “How can I make this story as suspenseful as possible?” However, no fiction work ever has been artistically or commercially recognized without at least one strong theme that it drives at. A main theme can be as simple as you want or as profound as you prefer. Lots of outstanding fiction movies, and books simply drive at Good vs. Evil as a main theme. Others may allude to problems in society. Some even analyze the functioning of human psychology. All great themes have one thing in common. They all make their readers question something deeply. In a thrilling action viewers typically ask the question “Are they really going to make the good lose?” It always seems like the good is to fail until the very end. After reading a book that deals with the problems in society, a reader may question”What does equality look like?” Authors can chose whatever main theme they like. I would just encourage them to ask whether their theme is original and it makes readers ask many questions.
Equally important are secondary motifs. In order to successfully create a secondary motif the same questions must be asked. It actually may not be as easy to come up with secondary themes. They must make sense in the context of the story and also be recognizable enough that they are not seen as identical to the main theme. It is preferable for secondary motifs to go along with the main theme at the same time. They should not be so out of nowhere that readers are confused. For example, a reader should never have to ask why a work of fiction has a secondary theme on the importance of exercise when all the other themes detail problems in communist society. If you have to change the direction of you’re story just to fit in a random motif, please do not do it. My main advice in creating secondary themes is to use common sense and also not be afraid to think outside the box.
Ultimately it is extremely important to establish definite themes in a story. My first screenplay turned out to have far lower quality, for the reason that I did not consider thematic elements beforehand. Thematic elements help to drive a story plot forward and engage readers. Just by figuring out what the main point in writing a fiction is, writers increase the clarity and message of their writing. A novel with a powerful message literally has the potential to change the world.