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[4 Writing Tips] How to Use Symbolism in Fiction

“Symbolism is no mere idle fancy…it is inherent in the very texture of human life.” –Alfred Whitehead

This post shares writing tips for using symbolism in your work. Fiction can benefit from symbols which add meaning and aid in your readers’ understanding of the text. Whether this comes in the form of a word, place, character or item, it will represent more than an idea, creating multiple layers of meaning for your audience. Here are four writing tips for inserting symbolism into your novel.


Using Symbolism in Fiction [4 Writing Tips]

  1. Focus on Your Theme

Symbolism is about sharing new meanings with your readers that help weave together the overall theme of the book with the storyline. Start by creating a plot map, character web and list of themes for the book. Ask yourself what you want your audience to take away from reading your novel.

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Interview on “The Michael Dresser Show!”

I’m so glad to have been recently featured on The Michael Dresser Show. In addition to having a great conversation with the host, Michael, about what it means to be spiritual in today’s rapidly changing world, I opened up about my experience as a former nun. From my reasons for entering the convent at the age of 15, to choosing to leave the nunnery forever, you’ll hear about my journey toward a renewed sense of spirituality. Listen now!

[Become a Better Writer] 4 Tips for Reading

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” –George RR Martin

Great authors are also great readers and burying yourself in a good book is one of the simplest ways to become a better writer. While I like to refrain from reading competing genres while I’m working on a new title, books provide excellent inspiration for characters, motivations and storylines. Here are four tips for reading that will help you become a better writer.


Become a Better Writer: 4 Tips for Reading

  1. Pay Attention to the Characters

Begin the novel by paying close attention to the characters’ backstories and try to identify how their lives relate to the happenings in the book. Creating a world for characters to live in is a tough part of writing a novel and it can be helpful to see how other authors tackle this feat.

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