How to Use Foreshadowing

How to Use Foreshadowing

Foreshadowing is a necessary part of any well-executed story. And yet, despite all its prevalence and importance, it’s actually a concept that many authors have a hard time getting their minds around. If we sift foreshadowing down to its simplest form, we could say that it prepares readers for what will happen later in the story. […]

How to Use Foreshadowing to Jazz up Slow Scenes

This week’s video offers tips on how to use foreshadowing to inject just enough tension to keep readers hooked, even during otherwise slow and seemingly peaceful scenes. Video Transcript: 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 […]

Draw Out Your Story’s Tension—But Not Too Far

This week’s video points out the importance of your story’s tension, but also warns against stretching that tension too far. Video Transcript: Readers love to be tantalized with the knowledge that the good stuff they’re waiting for (a confrontation, a resolution, a battle, a kiss) is just around the corner. The author needs to stretch out that […]

Increase Your Story’s Suspense With Breadcrumbs

This week’s video talks about the foundational reason readers will want to read all the way through your book, from beginning to end, and how to use it to increase your story’s suspense. Video Transcript: Every author’s first and foremost goal is convincing readers to keep reading all the way to the final chapter. So […]

Keep Slow Scenes Moving With Tension and Foreboding

Not every scene in your stories can be set at a fever pitch of excitement. Just like your own life, the lives of your characters need to balance the tense, dangerous, exciting moments with moments of calm reflection, everyday activities, and seemingly safe retreats. Without these slower scenes, your book runs the risk of feeling […]

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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 […]