Mysteries, riddles, and puzzles
I love riddles. Things that test the mind. Something with a treasure at the end of the rainbow, so to speak. In my fiction, I add such things in the form of intertextual references.
My novel, for one, has strong allusions to Greek mythology. Instead of these references over taking plot and character development, I went for a different approach. The mythological references – if you pick them up – not only adds depth to the narrative, it will also give you clues to a deeper truth.
It remains to be seen if this pays off. It might be so obscure that no one understands what I’m getting at, but in the end it is all in the name of making good art.
How about you?
Are you as excited by mysteries as I am? Do you add hidden elements to your work? Please share below.
Top Image: The Ambassadors, by Hans Holbein the Younger (1533); Wikimedia Commons [Public Domain]
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