It’s surprising how much foreshadowing is overlooked in fiction – we don’t always think about little things like this and we tend to forget the minute intricacies that help bring depth and richness to our stories.
What does foreshadowing do?
Foreshadowing should hinge on likely significant events in the story, so it’s about finding out which of the significant events or incidents you could foreshadow, then plant likely hints or perhaps impart information to tease the reader. You might do this by mentioning something in dialogue, something that the characters are planning perhaps, or you could hint within the narrative about something significant.
- Hint at information
- Give clues to events yet to happen
- Move the story forward through revelation
- Tease the reader
- Mislead the reader, but always make it justified
- Evolve plot development