While reading through my first draft of Fire Prince, I started to detect underlying plot themes that I cannot remember putting in there. I usually just start writing because there is a scene in my head or a character to put on paper. From there, the story and the plot follows. I do not plan. It was partly the reason why ending my novel took me so long. The end was never planned and so only arrived when it was written.
But to return to the themes, they were also not planned for. It is a surprising discovery. But now that the editing has started, I have to make choices whether I want to emphasise some of these themes. It is new territory for me and it almost feels like planning. I have to stop shivering at the thought.
Have you ever found you had themes in your writing you did not know you had put in there?
Enjoy the weekend!