How To Foreshadow Effectively

Foreshadowing is something that I can enjoy, even as it can be immensely satisfying when it is done right. Foreshadowing is hinting onto a future development or in cases of fantasy establishing rules in the world’s or hinting that certain things may not be so.

For mystery, it is always to give readers clues that there is more to meet the eye while not giving away the whole story. Foreshadowing  is something that I immensely enjoy, with it being able to go far and rather wide in where it can head. 

Here are some tips on foreshadowing: 

#1 Subtlety 

One of the best things to do is to make is hidden, something that readers may need to read again. But it is hidden in plain sight. Or in cases if it is vital to the narrator, show it in their words. I tend to use the latter as it is a lot easier to hide it, all the while ensuring that the story would still be strong and well developed. And clearly hinting it from the beginning. 

If it is too obvious it would ruin the story instead. As most people could guess what is happening and where it might lead from there. 

#2 Go deeper 

Certain plot points can be introduced superficially, a good way to make it deeper, more connected and intertwined would be to foreshadow it. It allows for more things to come into play which doesn’t feel as though it was simply to get from one point to another. 

But as I said, time must be devoted and it just can’t be a mention or two. It has to be more than that, perhaps a tidbit of information that would help to make people understand what is happening. But at the same time could leave more room for interpretation.

Going deeper means having to give the right sort of information and knowing just how much to give and how much to leave out until it becomes relevant. 

#3 Be strategic

Placing them is the hardest part. Since you might not know it. But for a first draft, do it when it is best. You have the editing time to deliberate on the placing and where it would work best. 

Strategically placing them would allow it to blend into the background, and also seem unimportant. It is stark if you can tell that it doesn’t fit. So, it is necessary that wherever it is it has to first fit the context of the pages. 
These are some of the tips when it comes to foreshadowing. How do you use foreshadowing? Leave them in the comments below. 

EndlessMidnightMoon

From Singapore, wishes to be an aspiring author. Lover of all things, dark, complex and mysterious. Wannabe time traveler.

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