I’ve discovered theme does not arrive in the rough draft. You may have an idea of what the theme of your story is, but it will be refined with each revision. When you finally are satisfied with your theme, you can use it as a standard for which scenes to keep and which to delete. If a scene does not fulfill your theme, then it does not belong.
Here are some articles on writing I’ve read lately:
- 8 writing tips from authors who won the Nobel
- How to Focus When You’re Writing
- Writers Have to Be Jugglers: Tips for Managing Multiple Projects at Once
- The Opposite is Possible Theory of Character Development
- How to Break Through a Fiction Writing Block