Theme, the Centralizing Factor

Centralizing.  Is that even a word?  Oh, well, we’re using the Queen’s English here.  I’m the Queen, so if I write it then it’s a word.  Okay, I’ll look it up in a dictionary later.

I’m working on An American Elf and it’s in that fun ‘rally the troops’ stage, where’s this going, what’s going to happen, and where will it end up.  Key to figuring all that out is Theme.

Here’s the Theme from A Vintage Heart in Hollywood to give you an idea of what I mean:


Jack Bryant:   “Robin’s husband died a hero.  I’m just an actor, and not a very good one.”

Bobby Ishikawa:   “There are all kinds of heroes, Jack.”


unnamed_1024x1024One of the Beats in Save the Cat! is ‘Theme Stated.’  So, there you go, I’ve saved my cat and Stated the Theme.

There’s a great, long-running blog for Science Fiction Romance with lots of writing craft goodies on it.  Here’s a great post from there on Theme and Worldbuilding by Jacqueline Lichtenberg-

It seems to me, after writing  both Contemporary Romance and Fantasy/ScienceFictiony stuff, that Worldbuilding is just as important in Contemporary.  There needs to be a unifying force, especially if you want to create a series.

Theme.  It’s what’s for dinner.  Well, not exactly, but you get the drift.

ewuwrj6x0dgcOh, I was supposed to write about my Vintage Heart today.  Okay, my vintage heart is pondering what kind of Christmas cookies to make to give to my friends.  How’s that?  🙂


P.S.  It is a word!  So, my coffee was already working.  I’m still the Queen.

P.S.S. An American Elf doesn’t have a solid Theme yet, by the way.  It’s kind of floating around in a messy cloud in my imagination and I can’t articulate it just yet.