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:
Coal turning to diamonds
An oyster forming a pearl
Animals swimming against the current
A narrow track winding up a steep, rocky hill or mountain
Nests perched at the top of high pine trees
Ants carrying big loads
Anthills
Termite hills
A flower in the desert
A dung beetle pushing a dung ball
Grasses and weeds growing in stone cracks
A tree clinging to a cliff face
An animal standing at the top of a hill or summit
Sunlight straining through clouds
Water seeping through beaver dams and blockages
Rocks on ledges balancing at impossible angles
Injured animals straining to keep up with the pack
Animals thriving in extreme habitats (high altitutudes, the desert, the tundra)
Cacti
Woodpeckers
Fish swimming upstream
Fledgling birds learning to fly
Tortoises
Water eroding a rock
Ocean waves eating away at a coastline
Evolution
Stalagmites and stalagtites
Small plants struggling to grow among bigger, healthier ones
Spring bulbs pushing through late snow

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