How to Use Foreshadowing Like a Master Storyteller

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What is foreshadowing? It’s dropping clues for a plot twist or a surprise ending. It must be subtle unpredictable, like a scene in a movie that zooms in on a character for an extra second that makes him look suspicious – otherwise, it's not "shadowing" it's telling, readers want to be surprised, they don’t want a story that’s predictable.

Now with that said I curated an excellent article that shows two techniques and once you practice using them, you’ll be writing and plotting like a Master Storyteller.

How to Use Foreshadowing Like a Master Storyteller

by The Magic Violinist

Foreshadowing is a task, writers have to approach with the same careful precision they use when threading a needle. It’s not always easy, but when done right, you’re in business. Hinting at a future revelation is necessary for authors of mystery novels, for example, but it’s useful for all writers looking to include a killer twist—no pun intended. Not sure how to use foreshadowing? Not to worry — today we’re covering techniques you can use to thread that needle.
Foreshadowing is a delicate balancing act. You have to toe the line between throwing a random plot twist into your story and making the surprise too predictable for the reader. The trick is to leave a trail of breadcrumbs. Here are two techniques you can try for how to use foreshadowing:

1. Drop Hints

At first glance, it may seem like a near-impossible task to communicate to your reader that whatever you’re mentioning is going to be important later. How will they know what to look for? After all, there are so many elements to a story, some of which won’t matter at all for your twists.

Is there something significant about that green dress the heroine wears in chapter four? Does it matter that the neighbor walks his dog at three o’clock every day? Luckily, there are a couple of useful ways to clue your reader into the fact that something is important.

This is one of those ways.

See what I did there? By setting that sentence apart from the rest of these paragraphs, I made you pay attention. Now, all of a sudden, you had to insert a pause before and after those few words.

If something critical happens in your story that is going to come up again later, make sure it stands out in the crowd. Start a new paragraph, insert a break in your chapter, whatever you have to do.

A simple formatting technique can make things a little too easy, though. If your hints are hammered into the reader’s head instead of being gently dropped, the magic and mystery vanish. Decide if there is a better way to get your point across.

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