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:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

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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 all that it can be a bit difficult to succinctly explain, foreshadowing is really a simple concept. We’re providing our readers with a hint of what’s to come in order to prepare them for the type of story they will be reading.

Sounds easy, right? But how do you decide what events need to be foreshadowed? And, further, how do you decide when to foreshadow? Unless you have the magic ingredient close to hand, you may find it difficult to find specific answers to either of these questions. But, lucky for us, we do have that magic ingredient, and it is story structure.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.

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