In my DIY MFA posts, we spend a lot of time discussing how to explore literary themes. But we’ve yet to cover why any one theme should matter to readers. So this week, I return to the theme of family (which we first examined in this case study) and share five reasons why it’s so important. From the different types of families to historical and cultural perspectives on family, these whys show how complex and powerful this theme is and how a story can act as a window into the dynamics of a family that’s different than yours or as a mirror of your own.
Hope you’re enjoying your December! Normally this is when I’d take my holiday blogging hiatus. But after realizing when my next DIY MFA post and upcoming poetry publications would go live, I decided to keep things rolling instead. 😉
In the meantime, I wish you a warm, joyful holiday season full of good food, great company, and – most importantly – love and gratitude. ❤