As readers of this Tuesday blog on writing craft have noticed, I focus on THEME as the bedrock of a writer's craft.
Most writers, especially the best ones, never think about or notice theme in their work because the underlying, cohesive and coherent theme is always supplied by the subconscious.
The Integration series of posts that discuss integrating theme into various other skills are designed to train your subconscious so that it will do this job for you, and do it without attracting your attention -- so you can just tell your story.
A lot of the posts on this Tuesday blog are devoted to, or just mention, Worldbuilding.
The single most necessary skill in worldbuilding (creating a fictional world against which to tell your story) is theme.
Even if you are working in contemporary settings, you are creating for the reader a "Hollywood-ized version" of their reality, a dedicand cut through the side of reality that reveals its internal structure.
That "angle" on reality, that cut through to reveal the inner mechanism, is the source of your theme. It is the show-don't-tell of your theme.
And it is subtle. One tiny detail of your worldbuilding out of place, one tiny thing that clashes with your theme, and the reader/viewer is thrown right out of the fictional world.
That foundation of suspension of disbelief is built upon a smooth, seamless integration of theme and worldbuilding.
The critical part of what a writer does to create verisimilitude in worldbuilding is done by observing what goes on in the real world, and noticing how it all might seem to their target audience. Studying the world from various points of view is the main exercise, and these posts walk you through the method of observing, then thinking through where these elements can go in a piece of fiction.
Dramatic effect and emotional impact is heightened without melodrama when your writing is done with the discipline acquired from such study.
This is the series of posts illustrating what goes on inside a writer's mind when creating such an integrated set of ideas.
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2015/11/theme-worldbuilding-integration-part-10.html -- Is Government Form Irrelevant?
http://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2016/04/theme-worldbuilding-integration-part-11.html -- Is "Why is it wrong to blame the victim?"
I may have to update this Index post with future parts listed
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 13 Authority, Responsibility, and Power in Alien Romance
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 14 - Selling The Happily Ever After Ending
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 15 - What Is At Stake
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 16 - Scientific Evidence For The Happily Ever After
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 17 - Depicting Prophecy
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 18 - Creating A Galactic History
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 19 - A Stitch In Time
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 20 - Why Love Matters (readers love a mystery)
Theme-Worldbuilding Integration Part 21 - The Couple's First Fight (privacy as key to HEA)
Here is an early post on Worldbuilding and Art: