FINAL Symbolism Entry: Friendship/Camaraderie

That's right, folks. You're looking at the very last entry for the Symbolism Thesaurus. But that doesn't mean we're leaving you hanging (would we do that???). Check back early next week for the GREAT UNVEILING to find out what new thesaurus will be taking its place.

Every day we interact with objects, places and sensations that affect the way we think and feel. This can be used to the writer's advantage by planting symbols in the reader's path to reinforce a specific message, feeling or idea.

Look at the setting and the character's state of mind, and then think about what you want the reader to see. Is there a descriptive symbol or two that works naturally within the scene to help foreshadow an event or theme, or create insight into the character's emotional plight?

In Nature:
A wolf pack
A herd of cows
Horses grazing together in a pasture
Rabbits grazing
Flocks of birds
Otters frisking in a river
Monkeys grooming one another
Pets playing together
Trees with trunks intertwined
Clusters of flowers
Symbiotic relationships (clown fish/sea anemone, plover/crocodile, bumblebees/flowering plants)

In Society:
A campfire
A friendly neighborhood bar or coffee shop
A braid (multiple pieces bound together)
A friendship knot
Clasped hands
A yellow rose
Shared jewelry (bracelets, lockets, rings, etc)
Puzzle pieces
A table
Kids on a playground
Cowboys on the range

These are just a few examples of things one might associate with friendship or camaraderie. Some are more powerful than others. A group of animals is a strong symbol, and likely will not require reinforcement. However, cowboys could stand for a number of different things and not foreshadow friendship on its own. Let the story's tone decide if one strong symbol or several smaller ones work the best.


Charlotte Jane Ivory said...

Love your work, you guys! Thanks for all the inspiration :)

Anonymous said...

Final? I hope not! Your thesaurus and symbolism entries are priceless! They have been very helpful!
Thank you so much! Please keep it up!

Roberta Walker said...

Whew, the title of this post scared me! What would I do without the symbolism thesaurus?!

Jessica Subject said...

Can't wait to see what the new one is. :) Now, you need to get all of these in a book.

Laura Pauling said...

Thank you! I love themes of friendship. And now I'm pictures a mg story and suddenly a herd of deer cross the road. I know. Wouldn't happen but it cracked me up.

Traci Kenworth said...

When I first started to read this, my heart sunk at the idea of your blog ending but I'm glad it's only the symbolism thesaurus and that a new one will be posted. I would miss you too much otherwise. Yay!! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us, it's like entering a candy store, never knowing what treat you might find.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Looking forward to seeing where your leadership take us.

E. Arroyo said...

I love these posts. Can't wait to see where you take us. Thanks!

Bish Denham said...

Congratulations of finishing one and starting another! Looking forward to finding out what it's going to be on.

So...when are you going to put all these into book form? Hmmmmmmm?

Angela Ackerman said...

I think it's very appropriate to finish off this thesaurus with an entry of friendship. I hope everyone knows just how much Becca and I appreciate their support & good tidings!

>>>group hug<<<


Robin_Lucas said...

Can't wait to hear the exciting news!

ralfast said...

The last one? Say it isn't so! Well, I await for the revival! :D

Shannon O'Donnell said...

((hugging back)) I can't wait to see the great unveiling!!! :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Angela & Becca -

I can't wait to see what you're cooking up for us in The Bookshelf Muse kitchen. :)


Stephanie Faris said...

Plus, there's a rule of three. Somehow we're supposed to work these symbols in three times for them to resonate with the reader? I'm working on figuring all that out.

Becca Puglisi said...

I second what Angela said. It's been wonderful meeting and getting to know so many of you.

Sorry if I freaked you out with the FINAL post, lol. Great bloggers never die, you know. They just go on and on and on until you kind of wish they'd keel over already ;).

writers colony said...

Plus, there's a rule of three. Somehow we're supposed to work these symbols in three times for them to resonate with the reader? I'm working on figuring all that out.

Lisa Gail Green said...

Great note to end on! I can't wait to see what's unveiled next week!

Gerb said...

I love what you have compiled thus far and I'm excited to see what you have in store for us next!

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Great stuff. I especially like the braid idea.

Susanne Drazic said...

Great post, as always. Now I need to get caught up on my blog reading so I can check out the upcoming unveiling.


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