All About Foreshadowing
What is foreshadowing?
It is when a writer makes a hint early on in the text that reference to something that will happen later in the story. In short, it’s a way for a writer to show or indicate beforehand something about the future; be it about the character, the plot or anything else. Sometimes a foreshadow, or hint, can be obvious and others times it isn’t.
It is just one of the ways to make your story rise above the ordinary. Not many writers make use of this or don’t know how to effectively execute it. But the whole point of using foreshadow is to give readers a hint of what’s going to happen — to make them excited so that they’ll keep turning the pages.
How to foreshadow?
Don’t worry about foreshadowing as you write your story or during the planning stage. It’s not until you revise your story that you will be able to check where and what you want to foreshadow. The best way to do that is to select which events you want to foreshadow and then work backwards, planting subtle ”hints” for each event in the preceding chapters.
Examples of foreshadowing:
I was rolling around in bed trying to find a comfortable position
All of a sudden,
I Start Having Throbbing Pain in My Foot
Not that that’s not unusual or anything…
(Seriously… it’s not)
I Know this thing isn’t going to go away on it’s own..
I put my hand on my foot and slightly move it in different directions
Hoping I don’t make the pain anymore excruciating,
Only To Feel One Of The Many Flexible Bones In My Left Foot Poking Out From Of The Inside Back Of My Arch.
So, I’m thinking I already have the beginning of…
Just Googled it,
I Don’t Know What This Is Even Called
Wrapped Around Your FingerThe Police
Wrapped Around Your Finger - the Police
Devil and the deep blue sea behind me
Vanish in the air you’ll never find me
I will turn your face to alabaster
When you will find your servant is your master