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:
Shorelines and coastlines
Mountain ranges
Deserts
Crevasses
Cliffs
Rivers and streams
Lakes
A beaver dam
Fire
Reefs
Flooding
Lava flows
Avalanches
Forests
Weather conditions
Extreme temperatures
Mudslides and rockslides
Fallen trees
Sinkholes
A wild animal in one's path

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