Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Audience and Theme

What am I reading now? A Different Blue (Amy Harmon)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  Finished. Love it! Telling everyone I know to read it.

Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least. Tough, hard and overtly sexy, she is the complete opposite of the young British teacher who decides he is up for the challenge, and takes the troublemaker under his wing. 

This is the story of a nobody who becomes somebody. It is the story of an unlikely friendship, where hope fosters healing and redemption becomes love. But falling in love can be hard when you don't know who you are. Falling in love with someone who knows exactly who they are and exactly why they can't love you back might be impossible.

Audience and Theme
Recently Deanna and I were trying to title one of our stories. Seriously--it's had so many different titles we can't remember them all. At first it was just called "Book", then as titles came and went, we referred to it as Delia's story after one of the main characters. Although we've written over 60,000 words on this version and there have been four earlier versions that had that many words too, the book isn't done yet so no hurries!

One day when we were brainstorming titles, I asked, "What's the theme of the book?", hoping to get some insight into more related words. We looked at each other. Stared. Then started laughing. We couldn't name the theme. YIKES! We are rewriting, yet again, with a clearer focus for connecting the meaning of the story.

I recently read a newsletter article by David Farland discussing what writing novels is really about, and I liked this statement from him:

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1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

That is so, so true. Theme. Do my books have themes? I guess they do, and it must come out as a reflection of me.