Subtext is one of the most elusive and powerful elements of craft. Literally meaning what lies beneath the text, it is an undercurrent, a hidden agenda, a vibe, a reinforcement of theme�and it exists in what is implied but not explicitly spelled out. It has impact because what you don�t say is often more powerful than what you do say.
Elizabeth Lyon, editor and author, demystifies the techniques involved in writing subtext, and offers examples and excerpts from multiple genres. Lyon uses the same incisive and clear instruction that she is so well known for in Manuscript Makeover. For many writers, adding subtext is the missing link to writing powerful prose.
She lives in Springfield, Oregon. To sign-up for announcements of future booklets, visit www.elizabethlyon.com/announcements.
About the Author
Lyon works as a freelance book editor and writing instructor. She began her career in 1988, teaching dozens of writing and publishing classes and workshops through Continuing Education at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She led three critique groups of writers on a weekly basis in her home for 13 years. By consulting with writers, editing their whole or partial books, queries, synopses, and proposals, Elizabeth has participated in the publishing success of scores of nonfiction books, novels, �indies� (self-published books), and contest winners.
She lives in Springfield, Oregon. www.elizabethlyon.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How to sneak good stuff into your story. This is a brief how-to tutorial (around 46 pages) on how to identify places where you can eliminate spelling something out and use a variety of clever ways to let the reader infer the information using a variety of methods. Subtext is a difficult subject to grasp. This book is a quick guide for when you reach that stage in your editing and want to give it a go-through to see if you can be a little more subtle. I liked this book that I went and bought another of Ms. Lyon's writing books.
After a quick review of the five main elements of craft in storytelling -- characterization, plot, story, narration, and theme -- Elizabeth Lyon clearly illustrates with plentiful examples how to use all five of those elements in building layer upon layer of subtext. As an independent book editor, author, and writing teacher for the past twenty-five years, Ms. Lyon draws from her wealth of knowledge and experience to provide fresh insight into the subject of subtext. As she so artfully explains, it takes thought, planning and often, multiple revisions to create the full emotional impact of "the story beneath the story." The first in a projected series of booklets, WRITING SUBTEXT is a must-have for writers at every level. I look forward to learning as much from each of the forthcoming booklets as in the past I have gained from (and my writing has been enriched by) my study of Ms Lyon's previous excellent books on writing -- especially MANUSCRIPT MAKEOVER, which I heartily recommend. Thank you, Elizabeth Lyon!