Most good stories are memorable because of their characters.
Most writerly how-to advice says to start with character.
I always had the themes first. What is this about? Only then the “who is this about” seeped in.
Developing the characters took care and deliberateness. The theme came naturally, the characters less so.
A few months ago, an unusual character popped in, and I followed this character to the end of the story.
One member of my critique group said, “Cute character, but you need to develop the theme.”
Blasted bubblegum! My way of writing had changed.
Of course, it isn’t either or. There’s more than one way. But for the first time I realize that no matter how old I am or how long I’ve been at it, I, too, am a writerly work-in-progress.
So the theme of this post is change is eternal 😉