1. Rich.

    Stories are theme machines. You reckon?

    Hmm, theme, there's nothing like it for getting writers all worked up, from the slavish adherents to the dismissive free spirits. One school of thought defines theme like this: It's dangerous for a fiction writer to say something is absolutely true. That's not what theme is at all. A...
  2. Rich.

    Reality Check What the hell is this about?

    So, I'm writing, writing and thinking, thinking and writing. I'm thinking, what the hell is this novel about? The theme of this novel, what is it? Well, it's about grief. It's about friendship. It's about what it means to be a hero. I know this to be true because that's how I planned it before...