SYMBOLISM AND MOTIF THESAURUS

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Symbolism is something that many readers recognize on either a conscious or subconscious level; including it adds a layer of richness to the story. Think about how you can add specific motifs or symbols to your setting that will reinforce the symbolism you are trying to convey. Additionally, symbols woven into the description of your scene can help reinforce your character's emotions and mood. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
Dark clouds
Shadows
Claw marks on tree bark
Broken or uprooted trees
Feathers scattered across the ground
A puddle of blood
Bones and carcasses
The smell of decay
Thunder
Thick fog
Glowing eyes in the night
The sun or moon being obscured by clouds
A snapping branch
Animal howls
Growling dogs
A snake's rattle
The sound of footsteps
The edge of a cliff
Rapids
Waves crashing into a reef
Spiders and spiderwebs
Snakes, scorpions, and other venomous creatures
A cut-off cry
A shrieking or howling wind
Smoke
Fire
Shark fins
Circling vultures
Intense storms (tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards)
A sudden change in temperature
Animals (birds, spiders, dogs) gathering in unsettling numbers
Animals fleeing an area

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