Subtext

"Talking about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself."

—Frederich Nietzche

All good writing contains subtext. Subtext is the unspoken feelings that hide beneath the words. It is that which is unsaid and is the best type of writing you can write. Think of all the situations you have at work and home. How many times do you NOT say what you want to say to your boss, your friends, your parents, your children? I'm sure you do it more often than you'd like to admit.

Soap opera and melodramas are examples of writing without the use of subtext. The characters just say everything that's on their mind. They are up front with their feelings and let it "all hang out." For example, a soap opera character might say, "Oh, I'm going to kill myself now that Charles has left me for that young hussy," or "Life isn't worth living now that Sue is gone." Subtext is the opposite of this type of writing.

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