|I am in the midst of reading two really great books on writing, both by Charles Baxter.
The Art of SUBTEXT is a great fast read on the subject of what is understood when not said, how to identify it, and how to employ it in your writing. I have been reading a lot of new plays for a theater recently, and I have to say that most of the ones that end up in the rejection pile are there because of too much on-the-nose theme pointing and exposition. The unsaid and unstated are much stronger than the obvious or explained. This book develops an understanding and a vocabulary to observe subtext.
The second book is Burning Down the House - a collection of essays primarily from the 1980's, with a newer edition that contains a new preface by the author and two additional essays. This book came to my attention thru a blog that had been circulating on Facebook that references some of the observations on these essays --
Burning Down A House by Polly Carl
I thought I would share this info here. Check out the blog by Polly Carl, and perhaps you will be as intrigued as I was to find out more.