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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 56: Unfulfilled Foreshadowing

Sometimes writing feels like magic. You look back at the story you’ve created and it seems like it came from beyond you. One of the coolest examples of this is with foreshadowing. Some little something you wrote in the early chapters without even thinking about it ends up being a huge clue or bit of symbolism […]

Setup and Payoff: The Two Equally Important Halves of Story Foreshadowing

Setup and Payoff: The Two Equally Important Halves of Story Foreshadowing

I have good news and I have bad news. Let’s assume you have a killer story idea. It offers unique plot developments and totally unexpected plot twists. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these deliciously original plot elements just aren’t going to end up working out for your readers. Why? For one […]

Foreshadowing and Misdirection: Use Them Together to Empower Your Fiction

This week’s video shows you how to balance foreshadowing and misdirection in your fiction to create resonance without giving away your story’s ending. Video Transcript: Foreshadowing and misdirection: two words you don’t often hear together. Because aren’t they dichotomous? Foreshadowing is about planting clues to prepare readers for coming events. It’s important because it puts […]

Did You Know “Show vs. Tell” Matters in Foreshadowing Too?

This week’s video offers two examples of how tell vs. show in foreshadowing can weaken the overall effect on your story—and what you can do instead. For the last five weeks, we’ve been exploring all kinds of important storytelling tricks we can learn from Steven Spielberg’s bravura classic Jurassic Park. We’ve come to the end […]

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Foreshadowing’s #1 Job in Your Story

This week’s video reveals a simple but often overlooked function of foreshadowing that all writers should be aware of. Video Transcript: As you may have noticed (or maybe not) I’ve taken almost a six-month break from the video posts. So starting this week, I’m pleased to say that I plan to return to my old […]

How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing

Today, I’m guest posting on The Creative Penn, with a post on “How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing.” Here’s an excerpt: How do you explain the concept of foreshadowing? So, it’s like this thing that happens before this other thing happens to let readers know that the other thing is going to happen. Tough, isn’t it? But for […]

Deliver Foreshadowing in a 1, 2, 3 Punch

This week’s video offers examples from Pacific Rim on how to layer your foreshadowing for maximum effect. Video Transcript: I said last week that I was going to fail at not gushing over Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim—and I was right. Turns out I have yet to say all I have to say on this […]

How to Use Foreshadowing

How to Use Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is a necessary part of any well-executed story. So what is it and how to use foreshadowing to best effect in your story? If we sift foreshadowing down to its simplest form, we could say it prepares readers for what will happen later. At first glance, this may seem counter-intuitive. Why would we want […]

How to Use Foreshadowing to Jazz up Slow Scenes

Foreshadowing is the writer’s secret weapon. Hand in hand with the obvious benefit of using it to clue readers in on what’s yet to come (and thus keeping them from feeling betrayed by the big plot twist in the end) foreshadowing also offers the super-slick secret power of injecting unbearably awesome tension into even the […]

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Use Foreshadowing to Keep Readers Reading

The trick to writing good fiction is giving readers a reason to keep turning pages. Your goal is to tantalize them with the promise that good things are yet to come, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is to use foreshadowing. As the word itself suggests, foreshadowing casts a shadow of things to […]