Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #170

Donna Lodge guest posts at Storyfix. She discusses the value and use of subtext in our stories.

What is subtext? It's what the character doesn't say or what he/she thinks contrary to their outward actions. A red rose can be a gift proclaiming love...or something to make an allergy sufferer miserable. Think about what we used to call a "backhanded compliment," something that appears nice but has an edge to it.

Have you used subtext in your stories? Examples?


Diane said...

I have not heard of this. Will head over and check her out. :O)

Jeanette Levellie said...

I think I've heard this term, but did not know what it meant. Thanks for explaining, Suze.

I've probably used it without realizing I was doing it. Ha! Just like real life...

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Diane -

Have a great weekend!

Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Subtext can be found in words not said, tone of voice, conflicting body language, and sarcasm.

Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

I've heard of this but hadn't thought about it in a while. Thanks for the link and reminder!