In my latest Theme: A Story’s Soul post at DIY MFA, I dive into a literary theme that’s difficult for writers to explore and painful for characters (and people in real life) to experience. Isolation isn’t the same as sequestering yourself during an illness or retreating somewhere to meditate. Rather, it’s a state of aloneness in which, because of your location or emotional state, you feel cut off from others. And when a story effectively illustrates isolation as a literary theme despite its challenges, it can offer intriguing insights about setting, relationships, and the human spirit.
Click here to read “A Case Study on Isolation as a Literary Theme.”
As always, if you have any comments on the DIY MFA post, or if you have suggestions on theme-related articles you’d like to see in the future, feel free to share them here or at DIY MFA.
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Loved this, Sara. There was a hint of isolation in the concept of my current protagonist, and this post made me want to expound upon it. I also signed up for the newsletter!
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Great to hear! I’m glad you found the post helpful and the DIY MFA site a fantastic resource overall. Also – you’re working on a story?? I didn’t know that!