Today’s read: pages 200-208, section 9 chapter On Writing.
Theme is really no big deal.
When writing a book one is identifying trees. Once done, step back and look at the forest. Every book worth reading is about something. During or just after the first draft decide what it’s about. In the second draft make that something more clear.
Good fiction begins with the story and progresses to theme.
Once story is on paper think about what it means, then enrich following drafts with conclusions. This makes each tale written uniquely your own.