New Home Forums Course Creation Resources all about theme

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    Akasha Madron

    Hey Everyone,

    So I subscribe to Steve Pressfield’s weekly Writing Wednesday blog. He wrote The Legend Of Bagger Vance, The Lion’s Gate, The War of Art among others and also runs a small publishing company called Black Irish Books.

    He has been doing a focus on theme and how knowing it is important for writing one’s book. I find it applicable to creating an ecourse as well. There are currently 8 articles so far and they are brilliant. I’ve been learning so much about theme, transformation, and subject reading these.

    Here is the link to his blog:

    his other series, What It Takes, is also very inspiring

    Here are some quotes from some of the posts:

    “As a young writer-director he got the chance to interview the great playwright and screenwriter Paddy (“Network,” “Marty” “The Hospital”) Chayefsky, the only three-time solo Oscar winner for Best Screenplay:

    As soon as I figure out what the theme of my play is [said Chayefsky], I type it in a single line and Scotch-tape it to the front of my typewriter. After that, nothing goes onto the page that isn’t 100% on-theme.”

    “But what is critically important is that we as writers know the theme ourselves. We should have identified it and be able to articulate it, not vaguely but spot-on. Why? Because we’re the architects of our novel or movie. We have to know the foundation.”

    “The subject of the Jurassic Park movies is dinosaurs.
    The theme is, “Don’t mess with Mother Nature.”

    The subject of Out of Africa is Karen Blixen’s experiences in Africa.
    The theme is possession. “Is it possible,” the movie asks, “for a person to truly own something—a farm, a lover, her own fate?”
    The theme of Out of Africa in statement form is, “It is not possible to own anything, and the harder we try, the more certain we are to lose what we wish to hold.”

    In a lot of the posts I learned even more from people responding to them, so if you go and read these, definitely read the responses too.


    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide

    This is so cool @mysticsparkling, thanks for sharing. Not sure if you’re there yet, but we have a big lesson on choosing your “Theme” up at Creatora Heights (lesson 4 I believe).

    The Great eCourse Adventure theme is “having an adventure up a mountain. That’s what makes this whole journey come to life. It’s what makes this the most unique course on building eCourses out there.

    Stoked that the theme lesson landed home so fully. If you’re not at Creatora Heights Theme lesson yet, you may wanna skip ahead and watch it because the exercises may help you land home your theme 🙂

    thanks for sharing!


    Jessica Antonelli

    Thank you for sharing this @mysticsparkling ! I haven’t read anything of Pressfield’s except the War of Art but it’s a favorite. Love this connection! I skimmed his theme posts and really like his questions from his first post.

    I think applying my theme to get real clear on those 5 things he tells us a theme helps you get clear on, the protagonist (our student going through the transformation), the antagonists (obstacles we can help them get through perhaps?), the climax (like getting to the top of the mountain!) possibly the title…and of course all the other stuff, mood and tone 😉

    It’s nice to spark back up this line of thinking, it feels like ages since I was in Creatoria Heights gleefully brainstorming on themes!


    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide

    YES – his book, Legend of Baggar Vance is one of my all time favourites. Did you like the War of Art @jescantonelli?

    If you wanna jam some more on theme ideas, let’s do it around the campfire! OR come to the next coaching campfire and we can get you on screen with @andyfreist and I 🙂

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