Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Can Your Theme Be Proved In Your Story?

Creative Writing Tips

Your theme has to be something you can prove in your story - It doesn t have to be a universal truth. This means that your theme doesn t have to be something that happens in real life all the time (providing our logic can accept it, in order for us to believe it).

Whatever story you choose to write, be it a contemporary or a story which requires elements of fantasy such as in horror, science fiction etc the events of that story have to appear logical.

What is not logical and consequently not believable is

A character that has no knowledge of computers and overnight becomes a computer whiz

A car that goes over a cliff, bursts into flames and the character manages to escape unscratched


These are not believable because they can t and don t happen in real life and our logic doesn t accept them.

Your theme will be believed when you prove it (providing of course you can.) Let s see how you can do that.

We ll start with a theme

Hard work leads to success.

Our story is about a character whose goal is to reach a managerial position within the company that he works. For the reader to see how the character will reach his goal I will show him

  • Working hard
  • Working long hours
  • Using his initiative
  • Being responsible

And all those qualities, in the end, will secure him the promotion he has been aiming for.

So my theme here will be proved that Hard work leads to success because my character succeeds in the end.

>From the examples I have given so far, you may have noticed that my stories end on a happy note. Yours don t have to. The ending will depend on the story you are writing and how you, the writer, prefers to end it.

I could have done the reverse with this theme. I could have said,

Hard work doesn t lead to success.

My story will be the same but in the end I will have the character missing out on the promotion. Both themes will be proved because I have proved them in my story.

Any theme can work in a story providing you can prove it.

Have you proved your theme?

About The Author

Besides his passion for writing, Nick Vernon runs an online gift site where you will find gift information, articles and readers funny stories. Visit

The Lure Of The Limerick

No-one knows for certain how the name of an Irish Mid-Western city came to be associated with the short, irreverent, often bawdy verses of the limerick.

Some people believe that it came from the school of poets who lived in Croom, Co. Limerick in the nineteenth century; their specialisation was short satiric verses. The genre became a fixture in Victorian times, due in no small part to the author of nonsense verse, Edward Lear.

In the history of Irish literature the town of Croom, in Co. Limerick, is celebrated as the meeting place of the 18th century Fili na Maighe, the Gaelic poets of the Maigue. This was the original birth place of the Limerick . The Maigue poets, writing in their native Irish, produced a great body of poetry, and the custom was widely adopted in other locations in Limerick City and County. Soon the neighbouring Counties of Cork, Clare and Tipperary began to pen the satirical verse.

Two anthologies on the subject, published this century, list 42 poets and Irish scholars (part-time poets) of County Limerick who were known to have composed Limericks. The themes of these early works included love-poems, drinking songs, poems on national affairs, and satires on public figures.

Two of the first, and most famous, exponents of the Limerick poem were poet and publican Sean O Tuama (1706- 75), and his friend Andrias MacCriath (1710- 93). O Tuama and MacCraith grew up together in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick and were educated in one of the many hedge schools of the time, with a traditional education incorporating Latin and Greek studies.

O Tuama later became a publican and word of his hospitality grew, as did the popularity of the Limerick. Poets in North Cork, Clare and Tipperary began to pen the verses. O Tuama and his friend fell out and as a result scathing Limerick verses were written by them to castigate the other. O Tuama wrote:

"I sell the best Brandy and Sherry
To make all my customers merry,
But at times their finances
Run short as it chances,
And then I feel very sad, very".

To which MacCraith replied ..

"O Tuama! You boast yourself handy,
At selling good ale and bright Brandy
But the fact is your liquor
Makes everyone sicker,
I tell you this I your good friend, Andy".

About The Author

Jae Taylor is a popular portal website for Limerick City in Ireland. It covers all aspects of Limerick including a comprehensive resource section on Limerick Poems. You can visit the site here: