Posts from the ‘Theme’ Category

  • Here Is Why All Themes Are Not Equal

    September 12th, 2018 | Theme | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    The word theme comes from the Ancient Greek word théma, which means “proposition or thesis,” and that definition essentially holds true to this day: Theme is meaning. In literature, it’s the meaning that the events of a story or the lines in a poem add up to. For example, and as I’ve written before, the […]

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  • David Lynch Or Quentin Tarantino?

    David Lynch Or Quentin Tarantino?

    October 14th, 2011 | Movies, Plot, Storytelling, Theme | journalpulp | 9 Comments

    A reader writes: Dear Ray Harvey: Well, it took me five months but I finally finished reading More and More unto the Perfect Day and I wish to compliment you! Though it is a challenging and not easy read, it is rewarding and gives much food for thought to say the least. Your story reminded […]

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  • Plot and Theme: A Complicated Relationship

    Plot and Theme: A Complicated Relationship

    September 6th, 2011 | Plot, Storytelling, The Situation, Theme, Universality | journalpulp | No Comments

    The Situation is the nucleus of your story: it contains the kernel of your conflict from which the rest of your storyline will grow. A real story cannot exist without some sort of conflict. If you have a specific message that you wish to get across (e.g. the destructiveness of superstition), it is that message […]

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  • Characterization (Part 3)

    Characterization (Part 3)

    July 27th, 2011 | Characterization, Literature, Plot, Storytelling, Style, Theme | journalpulp | 3 Comments

    Characterization is a presentation of the personality of the people who populate a story. Characterization is primarily a depiction of motivation and motive. The reader must understand what makes the characters act in the way that those characters do. It’s been said that one of the truest tests of good literature is when you can […]

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  • Good Stories, Unoriginal Plots, Timeless Themes

    Good Stories, Unoriginal Plots, Timeless Themes

    July 14th, 2011 | Plot, Style, Theme | journalpulp | 4 Comments

    There are 32 ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there’s only one plot: things are not what they seem. – Jim Thompson. Anthony Burgess was even more stringent: he put the number of possible plots at about five. So what distinguishes one plot from another? Or, to put that question […]

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