Book Launch Day: Writing Your Story’s Theme!

Today I am officially launching my latest writing-craft book Writing Your Story’s ThemeYay!

This book has been such a passion project for me. When I started thinking about what writing-craft book I wanted to publish next, I realized my cornerstone writing guides have so far built on each other in a linear way, moving from the generalities of brainstorming and organizing in Outlining Your Novel to the foundational underpinnings of storyform in Structuring Your Novel to interweaving character with plot in Creating Character Arcs.

In writing about character arcs, I learned so much about theme. In so many ways that intersection between character and plot is theme, but more than that, it made me realize that, contrary to popular opinion, theme is just as actionable as the other two elements. You can learn how to write theme, and you can learn to use it as yet another crucial metric in troubleshooting where you story is working and where it is not.

Therefore, it seemed not only a logical next step to write a book about theme, but in fact an important one. I have come to believe that the importance of theme cannot be overemphasized in writing stories. And yet there really isn’t a lot of actionable and practical advice out there about how to choose your theme, plot your theme, and make sure your theme works in harmony (indeed emerges from) your plot and character.

Although I hope this book stands on its own, I do believe it is a natural follow-up to the principles I talk about in Structuring Your Novel and Creating Characters Arcs, and it would be my recommendation to read those books first. Theme is arguably the most important of the three story elements, but it is also the most abstract and, again, arguably the most advanced.

It is my joy to share Writing Your Story’s Theme with you, and I hope it will help you write amazing stories of cohesion and resonance!

Here’s the back-cover blurb…

Theme Is What Your Story Is Really About

Theme—the mysterious cousin of plot and character. Too often viewed as abstract rather than actionable, theme is frequently misunderstood and left to chance. Some writers even insist theme should not be purposefully implemented. This is unfortunate, because in many ways theme is story. Theme is the heart, the meaning, the point. Nothing that important should be overlooked.

Powerful themes are never incidental. They emerge from the conjunction of strong plots and resonant character arcs. This means you can learn to plan and implement theme. In doing so, you will deepen your ability to write not only stories that entertain, but also stories that stay with readers long after the end.

Writing Your Story’s Theme will teach you:

  • How to create theme from plot and character.
  • Why every supporting character and subplot should enhance the theme.
  • How to prevent theme from seeming preachy or “on the nose.”
  • What to consider in identifying the best theme for any given story.
  • And much more!

Conscious mastery of theme will elevate every story you write and allow you to craft fiction of depth and meaning.

Take Control of Your Story Via a Powerful Implementation of Theme

Where Can You Buy the Book?

You can purchase the book at the following links:

Amazon USA (affiliate link)

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Amazon Japan

Amazon India

Kobo

Apple Books

(Nook, iBook, and  Audible versions coming soon! In the meantime, you can also get the epub version by ordering directly from my site.)

If you don’t have a Kindle but want to take advantage of the cheaper e-book option, you can read Kindle books off your computeriPhone or iPad, or Android, using their respective Kindle apps.

Enter to Win the Writing Your Story’s Theme Launch Prize

What’s a book launch without a yummy prize?

This time I’m giving away the gorgeous Writer’s Medic Bag, handmade from Galen Leather in Turkey. You may remember I posted a review of the bag earlier this year (which you can read and/or watch). The bag is simply stunning and comes in green or natural brown leather. (Please note that it does not come stocked, as shown in the picture. The prize is for the bag only.)

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Winners will be announced Friday, October 23rd. You can use the Rafflecopter widget below to do several things throughout the week to earn contest points and increase your chances of winning. For every contest point earned, your name will be entered once more into the pool (e.g., if you’ve earned 18 points, you have 18 chances of winning). (Note: no purchase is necessary to enter.)

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Good luck to everyone in the drawing, have fun, and thank you for helping me celebrate the launch of Writing Your Story’s Theme!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

Comments

  1. Jess Costello says

    Thanks for the ARC, Katie! This book is another great resource and definitely fills in a lack of craft books on theme. The book I just finished working on has a theme of taking power over your own life and making your own closure. My WIP asks how much loyalty do you owe to friends.

  2. I’ve just added this to my collection of your books. Looking forward to reading it!

  3. Seraphim Press says

    Ooh! I’ve been following your latest how-to blog with interest and was hoping it’d find its way into a nice, compact book 🙂 will be ordering the paperback edition for my library.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thanks, Seraphim! However, just in case you’re referencing my ongoing series about linked story structure, this isn’t related to that. I may yet do a book about that in the future though!

  4. Fantastic! If anyone can help me make sense of theme, it’s you — and what an interesting observation that theme is the next progression from outlining, plotting, and character.

  5. Elise Loyacano Perl says

    I look forward to reading this book!

  6. Yes! Theme is an aspect of story structure I’ve been wondering about recently. I know what I want for Christmas!

  7. Jenny Mattern says

    Theme is still a sticking point for me. Can’t wait to order your book!

    • Themes are a tough one. I have no idea what the theme of my current WIP is so your book is coming out at the perfect time!

  8. My latest story has a horror theme. Great post and a your book is a super resource for any writer

  9. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading the ARC so much I’ll be asking for a physical copy for Christmas. :0) Theme is one of my favorite elements to learn about.

  10. My latest WIP is in a new genre (historical mystery- Prohibition in America in the 1920s) and I’m looking forward to reading KM’s latest book on Theme. Her story structure and character development books have been invaluable on this writer’s journey, and I expect I’ll have her latest book well-underlined with sticky notes very shortly.

  11. Peter Linton says

    *Recommend*
    .
    Find my complete review on Kobo and Goodreads.

  12. Misty D Evert says

    I can’t wait to read this book

  13. Donna Harper says

    Hi Katie, My, you always do so much to help us writers. Thanks for yet another fantastic book – theme has always eluded me in my writing. Anyway I would like to thank you for everything you do to encourage and help other writers; your advice and thoughtful offers are always greatly appreciated, if only for making us feel as though we belong. Keep up the good work.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Aww, thank you for such a kind note, Donna. 🙂

      • I wrote a story not actually realizing the theme until I had finished it. The theme was trying to stop Big Business destroying the plant that the Big Business had transported the settlers too. That Big Business had tried, and failed, to obliterate the four main races already living they. The settlers work together with these races to change what happens to their world and maybe on the settlers home world too. Lovely writer’s bag and its in my favourite colour too

  14. Jennifer Bell says

    I will be buying a paperback and ebook, as I do with all your books. Thanks for all your hard work!

  15. Definitely need to read this, and what a gorgeous bag!

    • Whoops, looks like I was supposed to tell the theme? Identity – what stories do we tell ourselves/ do others tell us about who we are.

  16. Congrats on your new book! I really enjoy your newsletter. Lots of useful info.

  17. Very excited to see this book! I went through a lot of the blog posts in figuring out the theme in my current novel (it was already there, I just had to be more serious about bringing it out). It’s friendship and loyalty.

  18. Katie—

    I have used several of your books to improve my writing. My first novel, Brimstone 1, will be released in 2021. Congrats on your latest book!

  19. My latest story’s theme is that God’s timing is best–when we try to rush things according to our own timetable, things get messy and are often damaged as a result. I’m looking forward to this new resource, and thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Susan Bricker says

    Congratulations on your new book! I love the valuable content you share. I’m struggling to define the theme for my book, it started off one place and is now evolving into something else. It’s a work in progress for sure.

  21. This sounds great. Not seen a book on theme before and would be really interested to read this. You offer writers such a lot of help and inspiration

  22. Cassie J Ripley says

    Congratulations on your new book. I’m currently working on a Paranormal Romance. Not sure yet which more specific theme in this category the book will end up since I keep changing my mind. But one thing that stays the same, is that someone from the mundane realm enters a romantic relationship with someone from the supernatural realm.

  23. Olga Oliver says

    Would anyone believe I searched yesterday for THEME info and this morning here’s Katie’s new book staring at me on my computer screen!! Unbelievable!! I’m beginning rewrite of my first draft and needed info regarding THEME. Serendipity flashing itself again. WOW!!
    Olga Oliver

  24. Dr. Kenneth R. Cooper says

    Katie,

    Your blog has been the most helpful resource I’ve used over the past few years. I look forward to each new item you add because it always contains valuable, helpful information. God bless you real good. Keep the ink flowing! SDG …..Dr. Ken

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thanks, Ken! Hope you find this book useful as well. 🙂

      • Dr. Kenneth R. Cooper says

        Katie,

        I just might. I have submitted my first short story for publication. And my conscience (Professor Bob Schmidt of Tarrant County College, Texas) and my best friend insists that I “keep the ink flowing.” My advice to you is the same. About the ink, that is.
        SDG …..Dr. Ken

  25. Amy K Oliver says

    Super excited to check this book out! All your other books have been so helpful and I’m sure this will be a great addition.

  26. Dana Fisher says

    Thanks, MRS!
    Writing Your Story’s Theme: The Writer’s Guide to Plotting Stories That Matter (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 9) will be auto-delivered wirelessly to MRS’s 2nd Fire. You can go to your device to start reading.

  27. AK Baranowski says

    Congrats on your book release! Looking forward to learning your insights. Agree there is nothing more important than theme and that it should drive plot and characters. Two themes for my current story. Limiting beliefs can kill you. And wishful thinking doesn’t get results; action does.

  28. Jenny Chasteen says

    Your blog posts about theme have already made a huge impact on my writing, so it’s exciting to see a whole book of actionable teaching on theme! My current WIP deals with the question of how to move on from childhood.

  29. Great Book K.M. I have left my review on the sites that allow it.

  30. Theme is something I struggled with so I’m looking forward to this book!

  31. Eric Troyer says

    Just bought my copy. Looking forward to reading it!

  32. Can’t wait to read the book! Theme is something I’ve been working on a lot lately and your books are always so helpful. Thanks for the giveaway too! 🙂

  33. Kimberly Absher - KKAbsherWrites says

    Thank you for writing this book and for the opportunity to win a copy! I’m still bashing out my theme but reconciliation keeps popping up. Reconciliation between sisters, a first love, with her past and with her present.

  34. How exciting! I’m looking forward to reading this. As a novice fiction writer, I would not have thought that theme would have actionable steps. Congratulations on your book launch!

  35. Lana Polasek says

    I’m getting back into writing after a busy several years running a business and having kids. I’ve been leafing through all my other Helping Writers Become Authors books as I set up for NaNoWriMo this year. What great timing on this one. I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for another great book!

  36. Christopher Evans says

    The theme of my latest story is a parody of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies

  37. Congrats on the new book. I look forward to another great read.

  38. I have several of your books and they’ve all been very helpful. I look forward to reading this one as well!

  39. Kimallison Cote says

    The theme of my latest novel is restoration. Your book couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. Thanks, Katie!

  40. This definitely sounds like one I might have to pick up!!

  41. Oh how neat! I have been reading your other story structure books and am LOVING them! You do a wonderful job 🙂 Thank you for giving credit to our Creator, the Author of Life, History, and Love. That in itself is a huge testimony for His glory. Thank you for your boldness and willingness to hone your God-given talent and further others’ writing abilities too! 🙂

  42. So excited for this book! Thank you for releasing it.

  43. Congrats on the new book! It’s already waiting for me in my Kindle! 😀

  44. Posted my review to my blog, Goodreads, and Kobo.
    The theme of my current WIP: You can’t achieve your goals in isolation. The tide raises all ships.

  45. Kimberly Ashby says

    Just ordered the new book and am looking forward to reading it. Everything you do is meaty and delicious!

  46. Brittany Epkes says

    I’m getting ready to start reading this book today. Not sure what my story theme is just yet, but am excited to find that out along the way.

  47. Theme’s a tricky one. What’s the difference, after all, between a cliche and a home truth? Is it found somewhere between where the character is and where they want to be? (–or where they actually end up?)

  48. I am so exited for this book! I usually connect to my theme first so I’m curious what your take is on how to move forward from there.

  49. Love your teaching. Can’t wait to read the new book!

    • For some reason I thought the book was going to be a preorder. Guess how happy I am that it downloaded straightaway to my Kindle? Thanks Katie! Also, I finally gave in and created a Twitter account so I could follow you there too. Hope your launch day is a great one!

  50. Congrats on the new book! I hope to pick it up soon. My best books are when the theme comes out as I write, but trying to include it from the start I’ve always crashed and burned and ended with a confused theme. The theme for my latest book is, tentatively, sacrifice.

    • Mary Davis says

      That’s the same for me – the theme comes out of the unfolding plot and usually I don’t know what it is at first! 😉

  51. Congrats! I got my copy! 🙂

  52. I have always thought that theme is the true heart of story. I view it as the seed of truth from which a story organically grows. Thank you for devoting a book to theme. This topic is, perhaps, one of the most overlooked in all of fiction-writing craft.

  53. Lila Diller says

    I’m not on Twitter, so I can’t do 3 of the 5 options.

    The theme of my latest book is unconditional love.

  54. Congrats, KM! My current story’s theme is though honor and duty can feel like a burden, much good comes from doing what is right. 🙂 I hope launch day is amazing!

  55. Alexia Chantel says

    Oooo, perfect timing. I’m starting a new WIP and deciding on the overall theme/what I want the story to say. It’s a story of homecoming and I want the reader to be left with a sense of hope.

  56. Fantastic! Theme is something I’ve needed a little guidance on!

  57. Robin McGrew says

    Hey, a new book, that’s pretty cool! I may have to pick this one up, dialogue and theme are my weak points.

  58. Congratulations! I sometimes have trouble with my theme shifting as I write -I’ll start out with a strong idea of my theme, and then, halfway through my story, realize that I’m writing a different theme entirely. My current WIP does NOT do this. (The theme is that love and forgiveness are gifts, not something a person can earn.) I really appreciate all the advice you give us, and how excited you are when you share it.

  59. Congratulations on the new book! Very timely. I was just thinking about theme yesterday. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  60. Patrick K Macy says

    Congrats. I am on my way to buy the hard copy as suggested by one of your readers on Amazon.

  61. Katie, I am REALLY excited about this book. Your works have revolutionised my understanding of story structure and I look forward to seeing what you have to say about this mysterious third element. Thanks for all you do!

  62. Congratulations! My own [current] themes are faith, valour, and friendship. I was pondering how well I was doing at getting those themes across, so this book is right on time!

  63. Rachel Kolodziej says

    That bag is so beautiful and green is my favorite color! Love it! Congratulations on the new book and I wish you much success!

  64. desAnges Cruser says

    I’ve been hungry for another of your spot-on, clearly scribed instructional tools. Thank you! Looking forward to your sequel to “Secrets of Story Structure,” based on your on line series!

  65. Edward Denecke says

    This book is AMAZING! I think I have almost everything that you’ve written and this book is now my KM favorite! Don’t ever stop doing what you do!

  66. I have been looking forward to this since I heard you were working on it! I can’t wait to dive in! My current theme, subject to change after reading your new book, is “family is about more than blood.”

  67. Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it!

  68. Adding this book to my reading list. The Theme for my current story is “overcoming strife”

  69. My daughter and I are working together on a story (based on her own experience) of a teen girl learning to wield the weapons of spiritual warfare. This book would be a great help for her as a new writer!

  70. Thank you, K.M. Weiland! Can’t wait to read your new writing-craft book! I can only do 2/5 points (I don’t have twitter) but this is exciting! I think my latest theme is tranquility in the midst of turbulence.

  71. Susan Walton says

    Always love having a new K.M. Weiland resource to peruse.

  72. Thank you and congratulations !

  73. Theme’s always been something I have a hard time crystallizing, so I am absolutely thrilled you’ve put out this book. It’s already on my Kindle!

  74. Congrats on your new release. Can’t wait to read it!

  75. Karla Diaz says

    Congratulations, Katie! Another amazing tool to your already impressive collection of craft books. I am so curious to read this one since I’ve been thinking of theme for some time. I’ve come up with the following theme for my WIP.

    Lovers find meaning when they first learn to love and accept themselves as valuable individuals, freeing their souls to express a love pure enough to transcend death.

    Good luck with your book launch.

  76. Another inspired entry in my KMW library of writing craft. And excellent timing. I’ve come to the point of asking ‘why does this story need to be’, and why do I need to write it? This comprehensive book about connecting theme to all aspects of story is perfect for fleshing that out fully.

    The theme of my current action/adventure is: who is, and what makes, a hero? Every character embodies a different aspect of that.

  77. Congratulations on your release! This book sounds so helpful!

  78. The theme of my latest WIP has to do with not giving up, even when the outlook is grim.

  79. This medic bag looks amazing! I’m also excited to read your new craft book, it looks amazing too! Thanks for all these wonderful resources. <3

  80. Congrats! I can’t wait to read this book. 🙂

  81. Stephanie Dulac says

    Thank you for all you do Katie. Your podcasts get me to work and back in Brisbane Australia, and fire me up almost every day. I love your posts, they never fail to get me thinking, and always add depth and breadth to my writing. Good luck with your new book launch.

  82. Yay! A book on theme! That’s one thing I struggle with sometimes when writing. Though, I did recently figure out that my current WIP’s theme is family.

  83. Donna Robertson says

    I’ve been wondering about your next craft book. I have seen theme mentioned several times but I don’t really understand the details. Looking forward to reading this!

  84. Sure to be another great read from KM. Madam you have transformed my writing. I’m so glad to have your books.

  85. Congratulations on the new book! It will be a great addition to your previous books sitting proudly on my writing shelf. My novel’s theme is how a life lived for others can give greater purpose and fulfillment than one lived just for one’s self.

  86. I am really looking forward to reading this! All the best for the launch and congratulations!

  87. Yay! It’s launch time! Congratulations! Thanks for allowing me to Beta read and then giving us a copy of the ARC. I’m already four chapters in since early this afternoon. Things are definitely clicking for me this time around. Love it. And, I absolutely love that medicine bag. You rock Katie!

  88. I’m so excited to see this book launch and with such a beautiful cover. It was an honor to be a part of the beta reading team. I found so much useful information in the book in only the first read, I can’t wait to read it again!

  89. I’m excited about this book! I find theme to be the trickiest part–it’s so easy to get carried away by ideas and all the smaller facets of any given theme that I can sometimes overwhelm my brain. It’s a lot harder to narrow down an idea and focus on it.

  90. Beth Brauchli says

    Looks like an amazing book and an amazing prize too! 🙂

  91. Beth Adkins says

    Sounds like it will be very good!

  92. Congratulations on the new book! I know I could definitely use it. My stories are sometimes hard for me to get a grip on. I spend too much time having fun creating characters, worlds and little scenes that I end up having a hard time nailing down my theme(s).
    I have many stories I’m working but the first one that came to mind was my Historical Fantasy. The theme is about the fine line that sometimes comes between justice and mercy.

  93. My novel definitely has a theme, so I am really excited to be able to read this book!

  94. My TBR list just got a little longer!

    I’m gearing up for my NaNo project, and the theme of that story is that success and fulfillment in life is not found in living up to the expectations of others, but rather in stepping fully into the unique role we were created for. 🙂

  95. Thank you for another great addition to your collection which have all helped me enormously with my first book. Will this be coming out in audio format soon?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Audio version will probably be out next spring. My narrator was booked solid until the first of the year.

  96. You’re such a gem! I tell everyone about you, your wisdom and give them a link to your site (even to someone in Russia when we were there last year). Thank you for all you’ve taught me about the craft. I’m especially loving the latest series.

    Congratulations on the launch, Katy. Excited to receive my book (painfully, not until November!) and thanks for making it so easy to purchase from Australia.

  97. mooreinfo9 says

    Good luck with the new book. I look forward to your posts.

  98. Louis Schlesinger says

    Your blog and books rock. Congratulations on this one!
    Great timing, too, because I’ve started outlining the second book of my Good Seeds Trilogy.
    Can’t wait to dive in.

  99. This is exactly what I’m struggling with right now for my WIP – theme!

  100. Julie Butters says

    Congratulations, Katie! I look forward to reading what’s sure to be another treasure-trove of advice for writers.

  101. Mary Dolmanet says

    Congratulations! I hope the new book does well. I’ve sure appreciated your other books on writing.

  102. Ah! I am looking forward to this! I need to go tell my libraries to get it, too, but I am looking forward to having a copy on my shelves!

    I am in early stages with my WIP. (Programming subject to change. Lol!) When I write, sometimes it is like I have a tangle of yarn and must untangle it and wind it before I can crochet anything worth wearing. I can feel threads of forgiveness, redemption, and the power of hope in darkness, but what is on my heart as I write it is “but the greatest of these is love.”

  103. Forget the bag. As an aspiring author with best-selling ambitions, I want the book!
    Writing the Story’s Theme! Yes, I will.

  104. Heather Schick says

    YAY!! Finally a book on theme! I’ve been using your other books which have become my “bibles” for writing. I’m so excited to be able to learn more about your take on themes. So happy for you! Congrats on another publication,

  105. Woot! I really need this guide.

  106. 😉

  107. I have spent countless hours contemplating the theme of my current WIP. Your posts lend perspective to my thoughts and help me see opportunities I did not notice before. I look forward to reading your latest book! Congrats on the launch!

  108. rnguyengloria says

    So much fun – this sounds like a great read! I have 2 WIPs going right now; the theme of one is the false dichotomy between responsibility and adventure, while the second explores the dark side of idealism.

  109. Olivia Henze says

    Looks great. It will defiantly help me create a stronger theme. While the current them for my story is more redemption, I know at times I’m like. Am I doing the theme justice. I love your books on writing. Can’t wait to get a paper copy.

  110. Usvaldo de Leon says

    This is a fantastic addition to your craft book lineup and much needed. Thank you for this.

  111. My latest wip deals with nature vs nurture!

    Thanks for such clear, concise writing resources!

  112. R. Joy Helvie says

    My story is turning 20 years old in December and I have very little, if any, prose for it. I’ve been stuck on worldbuilding this whole time.

    So, since I’m having trouble with plot, I’m also having trouble with theme. I’m looking forward to reading your new book; maybe it can help move me forward!

    I do think one of the lessons I want readers to get from my story, though, is “Always be kind.”

  113. Congrats! Purchased your Theme guide right away and am into it! Great stuff. When may we expect the workbook? LOL

    PS – I would love a blog post/if not book on Book Titles please!

  114. Adding this to my writerly TBR!!

  115. Wow, I can’t wait to read your book! I’ve been struggling with theme ever since I started writing.

  116. Oh, what a generous thing to do!!

  117. My latest work is about finding love
    I surely will buy the book as soon as possible Your blog helped me a lot with writing and brainstorming

  118. Laura Brown says

    Congratulations. Your blog is so helpful, I have no doubt your new book will have a big impact on many writers. The theme of my last work is being true to yourself.

  119. Patti J. Kurtz says

    I’m excited to read this. I love working themes into my writing.

  120. I bought a copy right away for two reasons – 1) Your other how to books have been so helpful that I have no doubts I will learn from this one too. 2) Because you have been so helpful to me, I wanted to support your writing. Keep it up! I wish you all the best in your book launch!

  121. I am SOO excited for this book! Themes are really hard for me to write. I’ve read (I believe) all your books on writing, and can’t wait for this one!
    Also, Wayfarer is one of my favorite books 😛
    The theme of my current wip is probably distraction or guilt and peace and why we have it.

  122. Nigar Alam says

    Can’t wait to read this! Working with the idea of being powerless — even when we think we’re in control…or maybe the theme is about balance!

  123. Congratulations on releasing another book!! That is SO exciting! I love all your other writing books and so I’m already asking for this one for Christmas 😆

  124. I love that you are addressing the concept of Theme in this book. I have my current work plotted, carded, ready to write. But I have paused this month to let it breathe, specifically so I can see with clear eyes whether the theme is consistent or whether it has become something I have no desire to say. I look forward to reading your latest, to seeing what new tools I can gather.

  125. Congratulations Katie! I’m reading the book now.

  126. Rachel Smith says

    As I’m getting closer to finishing my trilogy and looking toward that publishing dilemma that looms on the horizon, this book will seriously help me to polish up the work I’ve already done! And thank you for your weekly blog posts, they’re a life saver!

  127. The theme of my current work is love and trust. I’m still wrapping my head around understanding and expressing theme, so I’m looking forward to reading the new book. 🙂

  128. I think I have most all your books. Will be buying your new one tonight! Thank you for all you do for the writing community. My current theme is that things/people are not always what they seem. Maybe your book will help me make this theme a little better.

  129. My current theme is being worked out at the moment 😉 But at the moment it’s focused on a failed relationship with my MC’s father, and how he relates to that. How he overcomes that. Sorta. 😉
    So excited about this book!!

  130. My theme is the perils of uncritically consuming social media

  131. My theme is home: Where it is and how to find it.

  132. Yuliya Galkina says

    Congratulations! Good news. I adore all your writing-craft books!

  133. Joanne Roberts says

    Guess I need to read this pronto. Theme is one of my least favorite parts of writing. at least consciously. Thanks.

  134. My theme is : “You’re not worthless, it’s a lie to keep you in line. You’ve got this: Look inside and share. The world needs that special thing in you, desperately.”

  135. My theme is: To know and to find yourself as a human being.
    Congratulations for your book, I’ll add it onto my bookshelf next to your book: structuring your novel!
    Thank you!

  136. Aimee Estrada says

    Katie, your books and posts have helped me writing so much. I can’t wait to read this book.
    My theme of my WIP is belonging and accepting yourself and I just had the realization that my plot isn’t what my story is about, so this book release was perfect timing.

  137. Still working on theme, which is one reason I need this book. But my WIP’s theme is the importance of found family.

  138. The theme of my story is forgiveness and discovering how to live a good life.

  139. Can’t wait to read this – your books and guides are SO helpful. Thanks!

  140. Your books have been so helpful. Can’t wait to read this one!

  141. I’m doing an inspirational fiction novel. The theme is about learning forgiveness for things that have happened in the past and how to move on with God’s help.

  142. Bought it on Amazon. Can’t wait to dive in.

  143. Congratulations and good luck with the launch!

  144. Love all your books so this is definitely going on my TBR pile!

  145. Jackie Pick says

    I look forward to reading this book!

  146. Can’t wait to read your newest book!

    My most recent ms theme us about self sacrifice for the betterment of others and questioning the status quo.

  147. Congratulations on the launch, the new book looks great. I’m a big fan of your character arc and story structure books, no doubt this will be as soon.

  148. I’m working on the theme of protecting the environment, and a coming of age story for the teen MC as she figures out her independence from her parents

  149. joan ramirez says

    My theme is envy and fear. A potent combination.

  150. Susanna Callaghan says

    Murder and mayhem – my protagonist is being framed for murder and the men in her life are providing the mayhem.

  151. Congrats on your newest book release! Your books have been very helpful to me.

  152. Pauline Clark says

    Hmmm…theme of my latest story? I think I’m still trying to figure it out. Maybe when I do, I’ll get back to seriously writing it! Looking forward to seeing your new book.

  153. Ellie Langford says

    It’s a book many of us can use. Thanks!

  154. Ordered the book. Theme is something Im hoping will work itself out. So basically, this is the perfect book for me right now.

  155. Augie Schau says

    As always, I’ve learned something from reading your posts. Thanks for all you do.

  156. This book looks great! I never know what my books’ themes are until after the first or second draft, so I probably need all the help I can get. XD

  157. Jesse J. Tripp says

    The theme to my work will be about this insanity we’ve been through for the past few years, dilenates many of the problems we’ve been going through also with allegories, say, the story of the 1963 Buddhist riots could resonate in the years following this insane time, South Vietnamese officials uncertain of what to do with Ngo Dinh Diem, journalists are in Saigon to get the biggest story of their lives, CIA officials worried about the trouble, etc.

  158. Jennifer Ramirez says

    Congratulations on the new release! I’m looking forward to exploring more about theme!

  159. Kate Flournoy says

    Congratulations, Katie!

  160. Congrats! Looks great, I look forward to reading!

  161. Rebecca Marshall says

    Thanks. This is a great resource.

  162. Amazon’s website tells me your new book should be here, today. I can’t wait!! Your other books have a prominent place on my bookshelf, so I can find them at a moment’s notice.

  163. Kurt Rozelle says

    I look forward to reading this next book. You have such amazing insights into the craft of writing.

  164. Joe Bibler says

    Congratulations on your new book. I’m looking forward to reading it and finding out how it can help me as I know it can, Best of luck in your future endeavors and above all STAY SAFE.

  165. This post is so relevant to creating a great story. The theme of my book is that ‘It is never too late’.

  166. Karen Barr says

    Congrats! I’m looking forward to this book! I teach Creative Writing & Theme is one of the more difficult subjects. So this will be a godsend.

  167. Robin Connelly says

    Beautiful giveaway prize. Looking forward to your new book.

  168. Congratulations on your new publication and love the Writers Medic bag… it’s gorgeous

  169. Amanda Segler says

    I love all your books! They have been so helpful to me. I am still trying to decide on my story’s theme but it is something along the lines of “Those who give up liberty for safety deserve neither.” To paraphrase Mr. Franklin’s famous quote.

  170. Karen Barr says

    All the Twitter links are broken on your SIgn-up Sheet

  171. Congrats on the new book, I’m grabbing my copy after this comment is posted. As for the giveaway question, I don’t know what my theme is yet. I guess the book will help me with that. I have a couple vague ideas, but they don’t feel right. I’m hoping the book will solidify the theme for me before NaNo starts.

  172. The theme of my current WIP is sacrifice, specifically the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. I’m adding this to my TBR of craft books so I can learn how to better weave themes into my stories and make them come alive. 🙂

  173. I can’t wait to read this book. I have all your other writing craft books. I’m trying to decide on whether to buy now or wait until after our move to MT in the summer. Oh, who am I kidding?!

    The overarching theme of my WIP is God’s sovereignty.

  174. The theme of my latest book is about fate and decision making

  175. So excited for your new book! Will certainly be buying it soon!! 🙂 Theme is really something I struggle with…

  176. Thanks for all of the helpful tips in your posts and in your books, they have helped a lot.

  177. sandra vail says

    My latest book explores how environment shapes people.

  178. Theme is definitely something I don’t think about when plotting, but I know it would help strengthen the story. I am definitely adding this book to my “craft books” tbr!

  179. I started writing my first novel in February, caught Covid in early March. I haven’t been able to write since then so I started reading about plotting, my weak spot. I have settled upon your approach am am finding learning about story arcs, plot construction, etc. quite fascinating. It’s like solving a puzzle.

    Assuming I ever get back to my book it will be much stronger.

    And now you’ve grown into theme. I know I can count on your teaching about theme will be logical and clearly presented. You really do make learning about story structure seem like an endless adventure. You’ve already got me wondering”Just what IS my theme?”
    Thank you.

  180. Hi, i love your blog so much, it’s pretty much one 9f the best writing blogs i haver read. I have all of your books on my amazon wish list. I have always wanted to leave a comment but i have always veen to anxious to do it, but i am taking the plunge now. Unfortunately i don’t have twitter or facebook, so i can only enter the giveaway by leaving a comment. Before that i want to say that i think it’s great that you have giveaways when launching a book, your previous giveaways were always super amazing. My current project is actually an alternative to Nanowrimo, where i am going to try and write 4 short stories. Most of them have themes of love, and processing and working through your trauma. I am very excited about it.
    Your blog has seriously help me so much over the last couple of years, you’re awesome!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  181. Can’t wait to dive into your latest book. I have three of your previous writer guides and I find them very helpful.

  182. The themes of my latest WIP are freedom and giving

  183. I appreciate all the information you share. I look forward to your e-mails and I save each one. I have all your books on my Amazon wish list. We are in the middle of selling and hopefully moving soon to another state. Once I arrive I will be ordering the books and devouring them.

  184. Callie Paar says

    I’m still figuring out my theme, but I have a lot of ideas in the air right now. My current story is a coming of age fantasy piece, but I know there’s a deeper theme in there just waiting to be discovered! 😀

  185. Teresa McDonell says

    Congrats on the new book launch! This book on Theme has come at just the right time for me as I start to edit my current WIP. It will help keep me on track during the process, I’m sure! I came across your blog several years ago, my first constant source of writing support. It and your books have been and continue to be the best and the most invaluable – you speak my language! I recommend you to all my writer friends. Please keep doing what you do! (Great giveaway prize too, here’s hoping!)

  186. Just bought a copy and am excited to read it. The theme of my WIP is identity.

  187. Thank you for this lovely giveaway opportunity. I always find your writing advice and tips so useful!

  188. Pamela Stump says

    My theme is learning to trust and learning to love.

  189. Dave Neuner says

    I look forward to reading! Thank you for everything you do for the writing community!

  190. I can’t wait to read your new book! My book is about an American teen who goes to Dutch Flanders to study magic (love me some magical realism), but the deeper theme is discovering secrets of her grandparents and coming to understand the meaning of and balance between heritage and forging self-identity.

  191. I can’t wait to read the Themes book! I rely on your content so much, it keeps me focused. Thank you for the giveaway too!

  192. Debbie Austin says

    My theme is seeing beyond appearances to what’s truly beautiful, or not, as the case may be.

    I look forward to reading your book! (Btw, that bag is truly beautiful inside and out!)

  193. Chandra Mayer says

    I’m excited to read your newest book on theme! I loved your other craft books on writing and I know this one will be great as well.

  194. Lisa Caviness says

    I have several of your books and they are extremely helpful. Looking forward to reading this one!

  195. Julie Apolinario says

    I already started it and it’s great as usual – I’ve been wanting to learn more about theme so perfect timing. The theme of my greatest work is believing in yourself.

  196. Congratuations! Looking forward to reading.

    I think the theme of my book is finding inner strength.

  197. Jackie Layton says

    Congratulations, KM! Books like yours, I always buy in paperback so I can make notes and highlights.
    Thanks for the contest, the bag is beautiful!

  198. Your book sounds amazing and I need to learn all I can about the subject of “theme.” I’ve written a book and it’s into the 3rd draft and I now realize the theme is there but weak and needs strengthening. I hope your book will give me some more insights into how to incorporate the overall theme through the adventures my heroine goes through.

  199. Hannah Ireland says

    Exciting news! I Can’t wait to read this 🙂

  200. I have 3 WIPs right now, and theme is something I’ve been trying to pin down for them for some time now. Buying this book for sure, I need it!

  201. Terra M Caldwell says

    I’m excited to read your new book. My themes tend to revolve around chosen family.

  202. Congratulations on your new book release! I’ve read your 5 Secrets of Story Structure and it was very helpful. And that Writer’s Medic Bag is simply gorgeous! 😍😍😍

  203. Nala Henkel-Aislinn says

    The theme of the series I’m just finishing (book 6 of 6 is 25% done as I type this comment) is love is the reward for trust.

  204. This could be just what I need to pull it all together. It also will be a great book for my personal library.

  205. Denise Howeth says

    I’m writing a cozy mystery series that along with solving murders my nearly forty year-old main character, recently orphaned by her adoptive parents, moves from a Midwest city to a small beach town in search of a close-knit community. I know this needs to be drilled into more and that’s why I’m looking forward to your new book. I love your blog posts that I’ve subscribed to for over a year. Thanks for all the great information.

  206. Kimberly Beyers says

    The theme of my latest book is loss. I look forward to checking out your new resource!

  207. Thank you SO much for all your helpful books!!
    I have bought your other books in Apple books, so I would like to buy the new one in there as well to keep them together.
    When will it be avaiable in there?
    I am writing my debut novel and have found your other books extremely helpful, especially the character arc book and workbook 🙂

    ❤️One of your biggest fans
    Lene from Denmark

  208. Oh my word, I’m so excited for this book! Theme is something that I’ve had a love-hate relationship with for a long while, mostly because I was taught that theme would always be super preachy. I know better now, but am still eager to learn more! My current WIP has the theme of guilt and restitution and my next project (which is still in the early development stages) has a theme building off of the quote “still waters run deep”.

  209. My Nano story has a theme of trust. Loved the theme related email you sent out. Very excited to read the book!

  210. Denise Greene says

    The theme of my current WIP is Redemption, not only seeking and finding it but understanding the layers of redemption in one’s life.

    Looking forward to reading your new book.

  211. Janet Johnson says

    Theme has always been a tricky subject for me, I guess because my novel ideas usually center around a hero with a problem. I don’t think about an underlying message
    for the reader. So books like this one are very helpful to writers. I know I need to put more thought into my stories.

  212. Johnna Stein says

    Love your podcast and all your info on craft. So so good!

  213. Teresa Rodrigues says

    Congrats on the new book! Theme is something I often struggle with. BTW, I love your blog. It’s always helpful.

  214. I am drawing a complete blank as I consider what the theme is in my latest work. I think that I DEFINITELY need to read your book!

  215. Christine Peters says

    My favorite theme is human relationships and I want to get better at tying a plot together by theme.

  216. I absolutely love all of your books. They introduced me to story structure and I still use them when I’m in need of Theory clarifications. Can’t wait to read this one as well!

    My novel’s theme is „saviour complex”.

  217. Theme is one of my favorite topics in the craft of writing. My current WIP explores the theme of making peace with not knowing all the answers.

    I can’t wait to read this book.

  218. I’m writing a series of short stories exploring hope in different circumstances. the story i’m currently working on is specifically themed on love that brings freedom and new chances.

  219. Congratulations on the new book Katie. Maybe it’ll help me sort out what the theme of my work in progress is… 😁

  220. Kelly J Baker says

    Love your new book (and all your books) they have been a help in my writing!

  221. Yay! Another addition to my collection of your VERY helpful books. It will help me focus and develop my current book’s theme, which is something about sacrifice. What are we willing to sacrifice when things get bad, and why? (And that bag is gorgeous!)

  222. Verity Sandahl says

    The theme of my book is the fulfillment of the law. (100 AD Judea) The hero tries to keep the law, and the heroine tries to escape the law, but only Christ can fulfill the law.

  223. Looks like a great book to add to the other books in your lineup.

  224. So exciting! I hope they are available in paperback, because I want to add this to my resource shelf!

  225. Elaine DeGroot says

    Your posts are helping me understand the craft of writing better and hopefully improving my writing. My story’s theme is about the challenges to a couple’s love from family and careers

  226. I bought this book right away, which is something I never do! Looking forward to it!

  227. M. Elaine Byler says

    It’s always exciting to see a new craft book from you! Creating Character Arcs is always by my side whenever I’m working on my current multi-perspective novel. Its theme is finding beauty in brokenness.

  228. Bought the book right away. Thanks for another great guide!

    My WIP story unpacks the theme of balancing control to survive with surrender to be at peace. The central thematic question is “can peace of mind be earned by bringing peace to the city?”

    For the protagonist (and several supporting characters) the answer is no—only a moment’s satisfaction, because there will always be new threats to peace in their home. The truth protag learns is that peace only comes to him in moments of surrender to these threats—not accepting them, just leaving those threats be—at the end of his shift so that he can be present with loved ones who otherwise suffer the neglect and loneliness of being pushed aside by the force of an all-consuming drive to fix their broken city. Empowered by connection with his loved ones and by sharing the burden with them, he is able to continue his fight for control of the city against unending threats to its safety and kindness.

  229. Sounds like great resource. The theme to my latest wip is forgiveness.

  230. Rebekah Coy says

    Congratulations! I love following your blog, it’s helped me organize my thoughts on writing my book for the past year. Thank you!

  231. I’m writing a Regency romance. I’m not sure what my theme is yet and I’m looking forward to reading your book on the topic.

  232. This really neat and helpful, thank you!

  233. Thanks. Praise the Lord.

  234. Your books are staples on my writing shelf! You always seem to breakdown complex storytelling concepts in a way that simple to understand and I’m always recommending books to other writers in the author organization I lead. Currently, I’m working on a romantic thriller with the theme of heritage reconciliation! 🙂

  235. Sonya Bateman says

    I struggle with theme, so this looks very helpful. 🙂

  236. Oooo a book about themes!! This is so exciting!! I’m still working through Creating Character Arcs, but I cannot wait to find some time to read this one! Themes always seem so fluid and vague to me, so I’m excited to read something that will help me define them and view them as something more concrete. I think the theme of my latest story is ownership of actions/importance of decisions. There may be some heroism in there as well.

  237. Congrats! Can’t wait to listen to the audiobook. Repeatedly….

  238. Vicki Cooke says

    My latest novel’s theme is acceptance and the family you create for yourself versus the family you’re born with.

  239. Hannah Elizabeth White says

    This is a beautiful bag! And such an exciting day for a new amazing craft book by you. I have your book on creating character arcs in my amazon basket right now and can’t wait to order it.

    As for what my theme is, my nano novel is about finding your own self worth beyond just your unique skills, and about how just because you carry the weight of a dark, heavy past does not mean that makes you a bad person.

  240. Theme is always my biggest challenge! I know I have one, but to verbalize it? Yikes! For my current book I’m going with, “Magic is all around us.”

  241. Amber Wester says

    The theme of my latest book is a spy adventure.

  242. Congratulations! Can’t wait to dive into this book – I’ve read almost all of your others and by far the most helpful set of resources I’ve used for my WiP. Thank you!

  243. Savannah Sprague says

    I’m so excited to get this book! I struggle a lot with theme. Your podcast has been amazing for my writing journey. Thank you.

  244. Looking forward to reading it!

  245. DEBORAH M NOLAN says

    Just started your new book on theme – finally somebody’s written something concrete about an abstract concept. Thank you!

  246. Kelly L Clark says

    I really need to get my writerly habits back in shape!

  247. Theme is something that does not come to me until I am well into the story — I set out with an idea of what I think I am writing but it so often changes! I look forward to reading your book on the subject.

  248. Just read the beginning of the first sample chapter, which I passed on to a friend. My theme is People rarely change for the better. My friend has figured out her therme.

    Now I need to get the book to figure out how to carry this theme in a logical progression throughout the book.

    Thank you for the sample.

  249. Kibrael Roell says

    I really enjoyed your book and workbook on outlining. I’m excited to read how you explain theme, it’s definitely one of the concepts that I find perennially confusing.

  250. I’m looking forward to reading this new one, and using it in my writing. Theme is difficult to do with finesse.

  251. Ruth Molenaar says

    Currently Reading! Love it and all of your writing.

  252. Kibrael David Roell says

    So excited to read the new book! The outlining and structuring guides you’ve written are fabulous. My friend and I both read them as we aspire to become novelists.

  253. Great, Ive just bought and read your books on Structure and character acrs and I’m looking forward to reading this one too.

  254. Congrats on the new book. I’ve not only used your books and articles for improving my skills as a writer, but also to recommend to my editing clients

  255. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get my hands on the book and dig in!

  256. Ali Barlow says

    Current theme overcoming social anxiety. Just orderd your book, can’t wait to read and apply!

  257. A book about theme sounds like exactly what I need to get my current WIP off the ground. The Galen Leather Writer’s Medic Bag sounds like something I might need as well…

  258. Yay for book launches! I’m not quite sure I’ve nailed down the theme for my WIP. It seems to be something along the lines of “Give people a chance. They might surprise you.”

  259. Bryce Evans says

    Thank you for another great Resource guide for my writing.

  260. Always excited for more great info from you. Your information on story structure saved my manuscript’s life!

  261. Congratulations! Your new book is perfect timing as I progress with my current WIP. I look forward to reading it.

  262. I found you by chance when looking for help with my story structure. I have been an avid reader of your posts since. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the plethora of information you bring to new or struggling writers. I look forward to having your books as a part of my collection.

  263. Congrats on the launch of your new book! The theme for my current WiP is redemption

  264. Anna Taylor says

    Yay! I have all of your craft books, and I can’t wait to read this one!

  265. Becky Ward says

    The theme of my book is courage.

  266. Thanks for being so helpful to your followers! I’m starting another novel, and theme is where I need to focus now.

  267. Can’t wait to crack open this newest craft book! You’re insight is always so helpful!
    Happy Release!

  268. My current WIP’s theme is what we think we know vs what actually is

  269. Stephanie Gonzales says

    K.M. I love your writing craft books. I was a lit major in college over 20 years ago. I’m following my dream to become a published author and your books are invaluable.

    Thank you

    Steph

  270. Like everyone else here, I am happy to have another of your writing craft books in my library and am looking forward to reading it. The story I am planning now has a coming of age theme.

  271. The theme of my current story is Possibility.

  272. Laura Shelton says

    Huh I guess I’ve never really thought about it but it seems each of my main characters for what I’m working on now has a theme unto themselves. But one of the biggest themes is that letting go of something you thought was really important to you can bring you so much more in return.

  273. Fantastic resource. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile it. Looking forward to digesting then implementing – without this tool I’m certain my writing would not be as strong as it could be.

  274. AlexSeanchai says

    Before I can answer what’s the theme of my latest story, I have to figure out what the theme is. (And, honestly, which story we mean when we say my latest!) It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize that honesty, trust, and incompatible truths are themes of the novel-length I’m mostly done writing, not just key components of a bunch of plot points.

    The “tweet about the giveaway” buttons aren’t showing up for me; does it have to be a canned tweet generated by clicking the button, or can I tweet what I like?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      I’m not sure. You can certainly try to tweet whatever you want and then come back and click the “I tweeted” button. I don’t know if Rafflecopter will recognize it or not. I apologize for the trouble. Quite a few people have mentioned that the Rafflecopter widget has given them fits, so this will be the last time I use it for drawings.

  275. Jennifer Bobrowicz says

    Congratulations on your book! I just finished the first chapter which has prompted me to revisit my idea for the climactic moment and the inciting event. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Even though I had used the Lie as the starting point for my theme, I was flooded with too many loosely related ideas. It’s been so hard to nail it down. The emerging theme deals with the cost of running from the truth. However, that still doesn’t feel right feel quite right. Sometimes we have to slow down and evaluate things in order to see progress. Thanks!

  276. Cheryl Potts says

    I so love your blog and your have been quite inspirational to me in my writing. You appear to be quite clever and creative, and I am hoping to meet you face to face one of these days.

  277. Congrats on the launch of the new book. Can’t wait to read it.

    The theme of my story is still to be determined. I’m still at the stage of picturing scenes with no overall plot yet. I have ideas for the main characters, but they’re also being formed as I imagine scenes.

    Thanks for the contest!

  278. Amber Sumner says

    I’m so excited about this book because I’ve really been struggling with getting a solid, cohesive theme for my WIP. Can’t wait to read it!

  279. this sounds like a really helpful book. Thanks for the post.

  280. How exciting to have a new book and good for you for having such a thoughtful giveaway!

  281. Hannah Mulato says

    I’m so excited to see a book centered on theme, especially since it’s one of the most difficult things for me to grasp on my WIPs! I’m so happy and looking forward to reading it!

  282. Sally Matheny says

    I look forward to reading you new book. Even though we write in different genres, I always learn so much from you. I love the bag!

  283. I haven’t even thought about the overarching theme of my WIP yet but I would love to read your new book to learn more about developing it. It sounds like a must for my ‘Summer Downunder!’

  284. Just bought it. I’m excited to dive in! 🥰

  285. I can’t wait to delve into this book! Theme was one of my favorite things to explore and write about in literature classes 🙂

  286. Your books are some of the most informative on the writing craft (plotting became so much easier after reading your tips) and I look forward to finish reading this one. The theme for my WIP is how love frees us even when we are confined (not a Covid story-ha!).

  287. Zoe Younger says

    Look forward to the Audible copy. Saves my eyes and I can learn while doing boring stuff!

  288. I look forward to studying your book. Theme has always been a tricky subject for me. Grow it organically or force it or somewhere in between?

  289. Hyeronimus says

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  290. Love all your insights and teachings about the craft of writing! My theme for my WIP is learning to trust after betrayal. It’s the second in a series where my protagonist is trapped by past events and she must figure out how to change the course of her future.

  291. Scott Mason says

    Always love getting the e-mails. I learn something new (most) every time.

  292. Isabelle J. says

    This is super awesome!! Thank you for doing this and for using your talents to give resources to us writers!!!

  293. I love K.M. Weiland so much! I hope to read this book in the near future…I love all the books of yours I have read, and have read them multiple times!

  294. The theme of my WIP (an alternate history novel) is the contingencies of change: how a minor alteration can drastically change world events as well as private lives.

  295. Ava Fairhall says

    A lot of authors put out useful blogs for writers… yours are the only ones I’ve always come back to. Yours are the only ones that I fall down a rabbit hole in and have trouble stopping!

  296. My theme for my WiP is Love Vs. Trust. Please put your novel on B and N.
    It is a memior in first person-my characters.
    How many books did you publish this year verses last year?
    I am going to self-publish my writing.

  297. Ah, Katie, you might be the inspiration I’ve needed to resume an abandoned project! You’ve reminded me that my story has an amazing theme: consequences. For individual choices, community choices, societal choices, and even the choices made as a species, there are always consequences.

    Thank you for that!
    🙂

  298. I do not have a work in progress I gave this year up for study for my job. Next year is intended to be the year… (I have the outlining book in preparation)

  299. Leo Casanova says

    I’m an attorney, but your work has helped my legal writing and marketing material. Thank you, and please keep up the great work!

  300. My theme is friendship. And now I know which book to put on my wishlist for xmas 🙂

  301. So excited to dive into your new book! Your plot book is my Bible! Congratulations!

  302. Your writing resource books have been a big help to me! And that bag is beautiful!

  303. This book was super helpful for my writing! Thanks for the effort you put into this!

  304. The theme for my novel is learning to trust again and accepting help from others after being betrayed.

    My last book was a cookbook so novel writing is new to me.

  305. Looking forward to receiving the new book.

  306. Looks very interesting and useful!

  307. Looks interesting and useful!

  308. I’m excited about this new tool I can use to improve my writing! My current story’s theme is personal growth.

  309. Tony Findora says

    I’ve already read through a good portion of it, and I’m excited to get a hard copy to go through as well. Thank you for putting all of the info together and really giving us who read it a solid understanding of using theme. 🙂

  310. desAnges Cruser says

    Keeping secrets and suspecting everyone of deceit inhibits personal growth. That is the theme of my current WIP story.

  311. My current WIP theme is “You have to risk breaking to experience the good things in life.” Wordy, I know. I’m trying to figure out how to sum it up more succinctly. But it’s also a bit of a play on words because it’s a story about a young man with glass feet (enchanted prosthetics), thus the “risk breaking” plays into the feet as well as his heart.

  312. I generally have a good idea of what I want my story’s theme to be, but implementing it is another thing 🙂 Looking forward to reading the book, as I’ve loved your other ones on writing!

  313. My story’s theme is about sacrificial love—what it means to give it AND to receive it.

  314. Victoria Marie Lees says

    So wonderful to hear about your new release. I’ve learned so much from following your website/blog and listening to your posts. I think Janet got it right in the comments about your observation of theme. I believe it “is the next progression from outlining, plotting, and character.” I can’t wait to check out this book. All the luck with the release!

  315. I can’t wait to read this! My story’s themes are overcoming fear and the power of compassion.

  316. You always have such great, common sense advice. I tend to get lost in the tangled mysteries of theme and am looking forward to you providing a clear, simple way through the mess.

  317. Super excited for the book! I have a hard time identifying my themes, if I even have them. I guess the theme for my latest, a short story for a holiday anthology, would be trusting in yourself. Listening to your gut to know when it’s okay to open your heart. Or something like that. See why I’m excited for the book??? Already one-clicked it!

  318. I don’t think of my stories in terms of themes. This has given me much to ponder. Thank you!

  319. This is a great site. And looks like a great resource.

  320. Congrats and success on your new book! And thanks for all your sharing on writing.

  321. I just picked up the book and can’t wait to get started reading.

    My theme is Hope.

    Thanks Katie.

  322. Paul Worthington says

    I’m sure I will enjoy and benefit from this book —
    But I’ve bought it sight-unseen as thanks for your weekly work on this site and the podcast, which are very much appreciated.

  323. Excited about the new book! My story’s theme deals with fear.

  324. I am enjoying your blog and learning a lot about writing. I have four of your craft writing books and your Wayfarer book. Thank you for all the helpful advice you give not only in your blogs but in your books.

  325. watkinswhimsy6d65eda87d says

    I greatly enjoy your blog posts, and look forward to your new book! You have helped me as a writer and encouraged me to keep trying. I’m still learning and improving, but I greatly appreciate you sharing your experience and knowledge. Thanks!

  326. Mary Davis says

    Thanks so much for all your help for writers! Wow, lovely giveaway! That bag looks GORGEOUS!!! 😀

  327. Mary Davis says

    To answer your giveaway question, I don’t have a particular theme for any of my stories (all of which are currently wip). I am a pantser, so how I work is writing whatever my muse gives me whenever it chooses to. Themes tend to be there, but very much organic and natural and not deliberately created, if that makes sense. That’s just how I work best! ^_^

  328. How exciting! My current theme is “be your true self, not the person you think others want you to be.” When my friend first grilled me on themes years ago, I’d never thought of them in regards to my stories. Now I understand just how important they are in making a cohesive work!

  329. Your writing-craft books are always my favorite. They’ve been an invaluable resource and when I saw your latest book was about theme I clapped with delight LOL!

    I like to uncover the theme of my story while outlining, but worry I haven’t explored every aspect I could or that I haven’t dove deep enough into the theme. Those worries are gone. I’ve never understood it when people say they never plan their story’s theme like it’s a badge of honor. So I’ll be sure to suggest this book when I hear that sentiment in the future. Thank you for another great resource.

  330. Cassandra D says

    My theme: suspense.

  331. Yoo, this is pretty cool! Consider me stoked.

  332. I’ve never been disappointed in any of Katie’s writing books (and the same goes for her novels! She practices what she preaches). It is downloading onto my Kindle as we speak 🙂

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