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Story Themes

This writing prompt generator was one of the first twenty-one interactive word games presented at the original WritingFix in-service sponsored by the Northern Nevada Writing Project.

Writer Instructions:

A theme is a message that a story tries to teach the reader.  In fables, the message is simply told to the reader at the end of the story.  But in most stories, the theme is something the reader must learn by thinking about the story afterwards.  All action in a story should try to help teach the reader your chosen theme.

Press the three buttons below to begin thinking about ideas for possible themes that a story you write might try to teach your reader.

Here are three suggestions to make the theme you choose even better...even more interesting...because interesting themes back the best stories:

  • Add a descriptive word or phrase in front of the noun you receive after pressing the first button; for example, you might change love or talent into true love or a child's talent;
  • You can move the adverb you receive by pressing the second button to different places in your final theme; don't be afraid to move your adverb to a different spot in your theme;
  • You can add additional words or phrases the the verb phrase you receive by pressing the third button to make your final theme even more interesting.

Here is the beginning of a theme you can base your story on:





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