Each thesaurus collection is built with one concept in mind--creating powerful description. So far we've looked at how to show emotion, how to create effective comparisons and contrasts, and how to weave the 5 senses into our settings. The Symbolism Thesaurus will take things a step further. Not only will this new tool help you think more carefully about what your choose to describe, it will also help you utilize symbolism to create a lasting effect on the reader.
By definition, symbolism in writing is a word, phrase or object that has a deeper meaning. Symbolism connects to readers on a higher, more intuitive level, reinforcing an important message, theme or emotion that the writer wants to convey.
This makes Symbolism a natural ingredient in description, because it encourages us to think harder about what we choose to describe and why. One of the biggest things I try to drive home in my posts is that all description must work hard to earn the right to be included. Symbolism, when used correctly, adds another layer of connection to our reader, pulling them more deeply to 'feel' as they read and it contributes to a stronger attunement to the plight of the protagonist.
Each entry of the Symbolism Thesaurus will center on a specific thematic idea found in today's fiction. Redemption, loyalty, alienation, a fall from grace...these are examples of possible entries and will show possible descriptive choices in which to help reinforce each theme or idea to your readers. The choices will center on common descriptives rather than obscure ones to make sure the symbolism translates to today's readers.
Symbolism is powerful. It affects how we feel about something--this is why it is used so often as a marketing tool. Think for a moment of a book cover and the role it plays in whether you take it to the checkout or not. I don't think anyone can deny the symbolic power of Stephanie Meyer's Twilight cover. As writers, we need to infuse our desired meaning across to our audience in every manner possible...and in our writing most of all.
Many thanks to JentheAmazing, who choose the Symbolism Thesaurus from my list of possible descriptive Thesauri for The Bookshelf Muse. I hope it will become as valuable a writing resource as the other Thesaurus Collections!
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