Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Symbols in "Good Work."

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 27 Mar 2007

At 09:41 PM 26/03/2007, you wrote:

>- I agree with you Jack. When I started writing dark crime I used to
>really stress over
>planting symbols and the book/screenplay's deep, heavier meaning.
>The result was flat
>and forced. Now I focus on character over everything else. What's
>amazing to me is that by
>the fourth pass on a particular project, I start to see all these
>symbols and connections
>which I then pump up. Where did they come from? Who knows, but I'm
>always happy to
>see them.

I expect "good writing" and notions of the appreciation of good writing are as diverse as other forms of human behaviour, but I think what Hemingway meant here was that good writers are well read or otherwise immersed in their culture, to the extent that its symbols and structures become inherent rather than studied.

Best, Kerry

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