Writing between the Lines

mod 130419_0008A thought occurred to me tonight as I was watching another episode of the X-Files.  I was “reading between the lines”  of a dialog between Scully and Mulder, when it dawned on me that part of the art of writing is to write between the lines, i.e. to construct a dialog so that the reader will be able to read between the lines what you want him/her to read.   I always think of Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants” when I think about talking around something or reading between the lines, because is the classic example.   One of my earlier posts, “Talking about Dogs” is on this same subject, when I say that part of the art of writing is like talking about a dog, without using the word “dog”.    Anyway, that’s my thought for the night.

Thoughts?  Comments?

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