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, establish mood, and even generate conflict. In this way, you’ll be able to do more with less.
IN NATURE:
Rolling, dark clouds
Thunder and lightning
Muddy ground
Churned up, silty rivers
Whitecaps
Crashing waves
Tides eating away at a coastline
Earthquakes
Sinkholes
A tree branch crashing to the ground
Dry riverbeds
Floods
Flash flooding in the desert
Natural disasters (tornadoes, tropical storms, mudslides)
A forest devoid of animal presence, activity, and sounds
Trees growing in precarious places (on the side of a cliff, near an active volcano)
Storms
Forest fires
Cracked ice
A shaley path
A newborn fawn or foal trying to stand
Rotten wood
Radioactive atoms

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