Quick and Dirty Tips for Subtext

I have picked up today’s contribution from a blog called Writing Radically, it is about the use of subtext, which is something we should strive to understand and use more of, it is a very powerful fiction writing tool. According to Writing Radically “Subtext happens when there is more to the story than the words on the page, but this extra layer of nuance is never explicitly unpacked by the writer. It is literally what is going on beneath the text of the story”. Do you have faith in your readers? If you use subtext well the reader should be able to figure much out for themselves.

How this device is used through the words and thoughts of your characters, who often (like real people) refuse to confront their feelings, the subtext is the authors way to show what is bubbling under the surface. Real people bottle up their feelings so characters must do so as well, fictional characters cannot be an open book, the writer must keep something hidden or hinted. read this piece and you will better understand how to make use of subtext.

The view from Writing Radically is…

Everyone has seen subtext. It’s what creates tension in otherwise innocent exchanges, lends nuance to dialogue, and adds complication to fiction. Subtext is the reason why we all know that our favorite pairing is meant to be together, even if they will never be cannon.

Subtext is one of the things that makes fiction excellent. And if you want to create the sort of stories that people write smutty fan fiction about, (or, you know, a literary masterpiece, although the two are not exclusive), subtext is your best friend.

What exactly is subtext?

Source: Quick and Dirty Tips for Subtext

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