So I'm still lost on my big picture. I keep telling myself that i need an overall theme. something short and sweet that explains the whole purpose of the book. Good verses Evil, Coming of age, Power and corruption.
But in all honestly none of those really explain what i want. Sure it may explain a portion, or a piece but not the overall. So, I started thinking. I have 25 years of schooling. sadly i'm not over exaggerating. But, with all that school I have learned to write papers. And what do all papers start with? A thesis statement. So why not go with what I know!
So now I'm thinking of thesis sentences. What is a thesis statement though, what do I need to include in this thesis statement to make it work?
A thesis statement:
- tells you how the subject matter will be interpreted, conveyed (narration, maybe how/why?)
- it gives you the map of how the story is told (beginning middle and end basic stuff)
- it answers the question that is asked (damn now i have to think of a question...)
Example: "Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain’s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature." - http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/thesis-statements/
Doesn't that sound great. tells you where, a major point of interest, and what must happen in the book. Now if only I can think of one for my self. Ok, here's to writing.
Just remember, you can't go wrong. there is no one way to write a book. do it with a thesis statement, a theme, an outline, or all of the above. It doesn't matter just do what works.