Rose’s hand stroked his cheek. “Ohhh, Penn. This well-fed English…
I didn’t think about what themes and motifs meant to a novel until recently.
When I did put some thought into them, I realized that some of what my work needed was a consistent: “what is my book about?” When you realize what the book is about, everything can drive in that direction.
And as motifs are recurring symbols of themes, they provide reminders to the readers and the writer.
And as always, making progress makes life better.