Theme is central to any coherent story, and it defines the nature of your character, the conflicts they endure, and the resolution they experience.

Pick Your ThemeWithout a theme, the protagonist has no direction, and therefore, no goal to achieve.

Are they looking for love? Or are they perhaps attempting to get over a failed relationship? Perhaps they’re victims of a crime and are filled with hate and anger? If so, how do they overcome those emotions?

Perhaps they don’t, and become vigilantes, going off on a murder spree. If so, are they justified, or are they wrong?

Just as plot sets the direction of the story toward a single conclusion, so theme provides coherency. It allows you to explore certain concepts, and lets your audience leave with something to think about.

Without a theme, your story will lack cohesion, and will confuse your audience.