Untouched word count @46,600.
I'm going to write as much as I can tonight. I got a red bull, I'm all jazzed to write. It's gonna be great. With any luck I'll reach 50K. (A very lofty goal 3.4K words in an evening.) I might be able to do it. But I will be happy with any writing I get done.
I noticed an interesting possible theme in my WIP that I hadn't consciously decided to add as a theme. I'm at a point in my novel where Gwen and James begin their relationship. The obstacle here is that they cannot touch, Gwen's touch will kill James, hence a "normal" teen relationship is out of the question.
But I'm starting to feel like Untouched has a "chaste relationship" theme going on. Because, hey, G&J are falling in love, but they can't touch. At all. No hand holding, no kissing, no... you know. Which isn't what you'd expect from two hormone riddled eighteen year olds. And of course the paranoia kicks in, and my first thought is "Oh, no, is this going to sound all preachy and all abstinent-y?" (Sorry for the made up word there, but that's actually the word I thought in that moment.)
In addition to that, of course Gwen and James want to touch each other, but they can't give. Hence another theme of practicing will power to overcome temptation.
The concepts I mentioned just happen to be hardwired into the story- James and Gwen want to touch, but can't. So I am a little worried, but I don't think it's going to come off as preachy. I think the main themes will be much more obvious, but then again, I see so poorly when it comes to my one writing.
So I ask: What themes have you used/wanted to use in a story? Have any themes accidentally slipped into your writing and what did you do about it?