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How to Take Charge of Your Novel's Symbolism

On the monomythical hero’s journey, the hero is usually “marked” in some way– often with a symbol like a scar or with a special accessory, like a ring. (“Branding” is also an element of Russian folklore). This mark or brand becomes a symbol throughout the novel. Symbols can mark groups of characters too, like the faction symbols in Divergent or the house sigils in A Game of Thrones. In Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry is marked by a scar in the shape of a lightning bolt. In The…


the red light seems to be coming from a lamp with a cover on it. it has a cone shape expanding as it reaches for the ceiling.-k


ichi-go ichi-e [from Zen Buddhism | Japanese 4-character idiom 一期一会] ~ lit. "one time, one meeting"; often translated as "for this time only", "never again", or "one chance in a lifetime", but a better translation may be “Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.”