The light at the end of Jay Gatsby’s dock, Alice’s white rabbit, Atticus Finch’s mockingbird. Whether or not the authors intended these items as symbols, for years readers have been pointing at them as having weight beyond face value in the stories where they live. Symbolism is a thing that looks ordinary on the page, but represents so much more in subtext. This week’s WritingWednesday is all about symbolism in fiction. The following links provide a starting point for understanding symbolism in fiction and how to use it effectively in your own work.

Why Writers Should Use Literary Symbols
Harvey Chapman, Novel Writing Help

Fiction Writing Exercises: Symbols and Symbolism
Melissa Donovan, Writing Forward

Elements of Fiction: Symbolism
Tracy Duckart, The Cache (CSU Humbolt)

Symbol
College of DuPage, The Literary Apprentice

Symbolism and All That
Crawford Kilian, Writing Fiction

Enhance Your Writing With Symbolism
Julie Eshbaugh, Pub(lishing) Crawl