Symbolism and Motif Entry: Ordered/Organization

Every day we interact with objects, places and sensations that affect the way we think and feel. This can be used to the writer’s advantage by planting symbols in the reader’s path to reinforce a specific message, feeling or idea.

Look at the setting and the character’s state of mind, and then think about what you want the reader to see. Is there a descriptive symbol or two that works naturally within the scene to help foreshadow an event or theme, or create insight into the character’s emotional plight?

In Nature:

Animals gathering in herds or packs
Seasonal cycles
Life/death cycle
North Star position
Phases of the moon…

In Society:

Technology (computers, databases)
Bill payment
Streets, intersections…

These are just a few examples of things one might associate with Order/Organization. Some are more powerful than others. A filing cabinet is a strong symbol of organization and likely will not require reinforcement. However, a single name tag may not foreshadow order/organization on its own. Let the story’s tone decide if one strong symbol or several smaller ones work the best.

Symbolism is a universal language that can add great depth and meaning to your story.

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Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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11 Responses to Symbolism and Motif Entry: Ordered/Organization

  1. Pingback: Symbolism Thesaurus Entry Collection | Writers Helping Writers

  2. Thanks everyone for the great comments! Nice to see some new faces here–I really apreciate all the recent follows.

    Glad this one helps! And Robyn, *blush blush* thanks so much!


  3. I SO LOVE YOU AND YOUR AWESOME BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And your blog is in part two of my post on using our senses on Monday.

  4. Symbolism is important in writing, and using the right words can affect a lot of things. These are great lists–many of the things listed are subjects I wouldn’t have thought of!

    Thanks so much for following my blog, by the way. 🙂

  5. joshmusser says:

    I really like this post. I, as a writer, have a weakness that I’m so concentrated on plot and character, that I often miss symbolism and setting… It is nice to have something like this to remind me about these assets.
    I’ll definitely be adding this to my blog roll.

    Josh Musser

  6. Ah, organization. Something I’m still working on, lol. Great list as always.

  7. Amie Kaufman says:

    I love these entries, they’re always so thought provoking, and really challenge me to look for better ways to express ideas in my own writing. Thank you!

  8. This is a great post as I’m a lover of symbolism, and I use several things from this list in my current wip. You gave me some new ideas too, so thank you. 🙂

  9. Karen Lange says:

    Thanks! Terrific, as always.
    Have a good weekend,
    Karen 🙂

  10. Some great ideas! And wow, your lists are long. I’m so impressed!

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