The Fiction Project – Incorporate Theme
Though we are discussing creative nonfiction this week we still have work to do on your short story.
This weekas you see from the chart below your assignment is to experiment with two different endings to your story.
Step 1.Write the first version of your ending where you turn it into propaganda for your theme. This is the preachy ending.
Step 2.Write the second version of your ending where you subtly weave your theme into action and character. Obviously this is the ending you want to choose for the rough draft of your story or an ending with a similar light touch.
Step 3.Decide if you can use your better – more subtle -themeending for your story. Is there a way to incorporate metaphor and symbol? Again this could be done but in a subtle way. For example we could say that when Little Red Riding Hood is freed from the wolfs belly she is escaping the prison of disobedience. Too heavy? Possibly but such interpretations are worth considering as you incorporate details.
What to turn in this week:Submit the two sample endings for your story.
Developing Your Rough Draft
You should be making good progress on your rough draft. Newsflash!It is due next week!As you read and re-read and write and revise do you see your characters involved in conflict that builds? Have thingsreached a climax? Have you worked toward your ending yet where you emphasize your theme once more? (Remember your main character is supposed to grow in some way or change.)
Remember as you work on your two sample endings (above)it should help youto decide if youshould use any of these endingsin your actual rough draft of the story.