“Understanding and reflecting dramatic structure is fundamental to fiction writing.”
For typically structured manuscripts she suggests employing a five-stage structure during your analysis of your manuscript’s strengths and weaknesses. In essence, it goes something like this:
If you can answer the questions of each stage, you’re a long way to achieving a well-structured manuscript, and even if you didn’t know your theme before, it should be apparent by the time you’ve answered them.
I’ll be adding to this post after the chat, but this will get you started!