Does Your Theme Contain Character, Conflict, Resolution?

Creative Writing Tips ?

For a theme to work and the story, which will revolve around the theme, it has to contain three things?

  • Character

  • Conflict

  • Resolution

    What's the reason for this?

    If your theme doesn't contain these three essential elements, then you won't be writing a proper short story. It might turn out to be an essay instead.

    Because without?

    1) Characters

    You can't achieve emotional depth. Readers become engrossed in stories because of the characters in them. They either become the character (sympathize), or read about an interesting person (empathize).

    Emotional depth is achieved when readers use their imagination and senses and/or experiences to live the story through the characters.

    2) Conflict

    Your story will be boring. Why? Without conflict, something to stir things up, nothing happens. And a story, in which nothing happens, is one not worth writing about.

    Your characters don't lead carefree lives. Well, not in the instance you are writing about them. In that part of their lives they are faced with a problem. They want something and can't get it because of the conflict, which is preventing them to do so.

    And it's that conflict and the struggle the characters has to undergo that keeps us readers interested and in suspense. Will the character succeed or won't he? And when is this all going to happen? And how is it all going to happen?

    3) Resolution

    Something that starts has to finish, one way or another.

    Once you have created great characters, which the reader will come to care about, and you have placed them in conflict, that conflict at the end of your story has to be resolved. The characters will achieve their goals or they won't.

    That doesn't matter.

    You can end your story as you please and as it suits your story ? but you have to end it. Ending the story means resolving the conflict.

    Does your theme contain character, conflict, resolution?

    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

    In The News:

    Mori wins 2 top sports-writing awards  Elko Daily Free Press
    What Is Political Writing For?  Columbia Journalism Review
    Opinion | Why I Write  The New York Times
    Loan write-offs pick up  The Daily Star

  • Print-On-Demand: A Definition and a Comparison

    The purpose of this article is to consider Print-On-Demand publishing... Read More

    Dig Deeper to Reveal Character

    He ran up the steps and knocked on the door.... Read More

    Stimulate Your Sensebuds...and Wave Goodbye To Writers Cramp!

    When you get stuck for ideas, and the words won't... Read More

    Effective Editing: It Spells the Difference!

    If you think proofreading equals editing, then you're wrong! Editing... Read More

    Home Business Writing Made Simple

    Have you ever written a letter to a friend? Ever... Read More

    Personal Journaling - Strategies To Make It Easy

    Recently I was watching the Oprah show and it was... Read More

    A Writers Life

    Ever wonder what an author's life is like? What that... Read More

    Make Your Mark Upon Humanity

    The greatest gift you have to give to yourself and... Read More

    Tips for First Time Authors : 2 Easy Steps to Make Your First Book a Success

    Congratulations on writing your first book. That is quite an... Read More

    Teachers Should Write, During Their Summers

    Before I became a teacher, I was a sports writer.... Read More

    Character Motivation - Always Ask WHY

    For many years, I've been a tutor for students undertaking... Read More

    Water to Swim In

    Not long ago, I took stock of my unrealized desire... Read More

    10 Tips on How to Cultivate Relationships with Editors

    If you are an aspiring writer, or you simply want... Read More

    Prolific Writers

    Prolific authors write; they don't just dream about it. A... Read More

    Retail Margin, Trade Discount, and What it Means for the Author

    DEFINITIONSRetail margin is basically the difference between your book's wholesale... Read More

    Writers Block is No Longer a Problem

    "If you're like me, than I'm sure you're pretty familiar... Read More

    Local Knowledge: Background and Historical Setting in Novels

    You're writing a story set in your local city, but... Read More

    Characters In A Romance Novel

    Before you even begin writing your novel, you need to... Read More

    How to Have an Effective Reading Group

    Writing leads to reading. Therefore, it's only fair to supply... Read More

    How to Write Headlines for How-to Articles

    Want to write a how-to article but can't come up... Read More

    How to Write Words Worth a Thousand Pictures

    Our Image-Driven SocietyWe live in a new image-driven society. It... Read More

    Writers can Grow to be Comfortable with Criticism

    On my first newspaper assignment as a critic, I was... Read More

    Getting To Know Your Characters

    Interesting characters that readers care about are the most important... Read More

    A New Way To Self Publish

    More and more good authors are turning to the Internet... Read More

    Its All About YOU!

    The Hottest Word on the WebDid you know marketing people... Read More