"What's this d*mn thing about?"

personal development storytelling Feb 28, 2022

It's the most important question any worthwhile story must answer.

Steven Pressfield defines theme as the answer to this question, "What's this d*mn thing about?"

What's theme? It's the single idea that holds a story together and provides it with meaning.

Don't confuse your story's theme with the genre of your life's story.

Theme tells us what your story's about. Genre is what category it falls under.

Every story worth hearing, telling, and living coheres around a theme.

What's the theme of your life's story? (AKA Your Story of Becoming). Is it coming of age? Redemption? Rebellion? Escape? Empowerment? Identity? Overcoming injustice?

How might defining your life's (and work's) theme help you better understand and execute what your life's story is for?

Scott Perry, Chief Difference-Maker at Creative on Purpose

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