Found another great one by Stephen King (it's soooo funny, how I'm too wimpy to read his works, but I couldn't agree MORE with every single piece of writing advice he gives. "Dear Mr. King, please write something without blood or serial killers or murderous cars, so that I can enjoy your amazing prose. Sincerely, Me"). lol
Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it's work … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything. ~Stephen King (link)
So true. If a writer crafts it well enough, then a seemingly-meaningless object, a piece of dialogue, a gesture, can mean everything. It goes back, I think, to BEADS. The importance of symbolism and of carrying those symbols (subtly) all the way through a work. Something about those beads immediately enriches a work with meaning and depth.