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Module 1: Core Ideas

Lesson 3 (of 3) – Story & Theme

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Worksheet Action Step(s):

Action Step #1 – Your story’s theme:

Select one theme that will support your story for now

What theme will your story be rooted inside? you writing your story?

Now it’s time for you to focus how your theme aligns with your one story idea that you previously decided to explore.

What desired theme do you want your story to support?

What is the theme from your one story idea that you decided to explore?

Is the theme from your one story idea aligned with your desired theme? (If not, determine if they can be merged inside one similar theme.)

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Action Step #2 – Your story’s theme:

Brainstorm how your theme will shape 3 aspects of your story – such as your protagonist, antagonist & story’s ending

You’ve already brainstormed themes in multiple ways so now it’s time for you to begin applying it to 3 elements of your story.

Remember: This is a brainstorming exercise to help you focus your theme inside a few aspects of your story. Your answers do not need
to be perfect. Please just answer the following questions to the
best of your ability, then move onto the next page(s).

    – How will your theme shape or influence your protagonist? (For instance, if your theme is about redemption, where will your protagonist begin in your story and how could your protagonist transform by the end of your story?)
    – How will your theme shape or influence your antagonist?
    – How will your theme shape and influence your story’s ending?

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