This is a fascinating article by author Junot Diaz describing the power of writing "silences" into fiction, especially in a contemporary culture that seems stuck on an over-confessional mode. Here is Diaz talking about how he intentionally incorporates silences into his fiction:
"How do you include or mark in a piece of fiction what isn’t said between the characters, the narrative that is missing even from the characters’ perceptions of the world. How do you as a storyteller account for traces of the erased, the denied or that flat out vanished? These are concerns that sit with me always when I write stories. I often begin my stories by first sketching their primal silence and then elaborating the story around that silence. Sometimes what's missing is pretty obvious to the reader: a character or a place that’s disappeared and that the characters do not wish to confront. But other times it’s far more cryptic, a silence that I keep to myself but whose resonances power the prose, work like a dark energy on the matter of the prose."
Diaz is a consumate short story author as well as novelist, and has won numerous awards for his fiction. He is also a founding member of Voices of Our Nation Foundation which offers writing workshops for minority authors. Let me recommend The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (working on a review right now). For more information visit his website and facebook page.