It is important to learn what themes are and how they affect our writing and stories. A story without a theme is like a list of events. Although the events themselves may be exciting or interesting, without the human connection, they will not engage readers’ attention in any way.
A theme must not only appeal to the reader but also to the author. To keep writing, you must want to explore that particular theme. One of the areas of confusion is the difference between plot and theme. For example, the plot of a story about marital breakdown may involve secret affairs between friends, but the theme may be love, loneliness, betrayal, etc. As a writer, you should not confuse the plot with the theme of a story.
Themes are the pulse of the stories. Therefore, if you choose a theme correctly, you will want to complete your story. If your theme does not captivate you, it will certainly not captivate your readers. Therefore, think carefully, not just about a theme but about how you intend to explore it.
The following are examples of themes that may appeal to you: alienation, ambition, betrayal, coming of age, deceptive, courage, escape, death, good versus evil, fear, freedom, isolation, jealousy, justice, loss, loneliness, love, power, security, and spirituality.
References
http://www.practicalcreativewriting.com/what-is-a-theme/examples-of-themes/
http://www.novel-writing-help.com/what-is-theme.html

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