Last week I wrote about voice. I told you that my natural voice is blunt an analytical. As you might guess, this puts a damper on foreshadowing. I say what needs to be said and move on. In addition, what little foreshadowing I have is so obvious that a blind cat could see it. But lucky for me, I’ve redrafted. My foreshadowing has become more subtle (I hope) and I have found that there is an ease to writing this way, once I get in the rhythm.
The hard part of foreshadowing is that you have to know where the story is going. I don’t do very well with foreshadowing for the current book, but I look ahead. As such, I’ve put a lot of foreshadowing for the second and third books in Quest for Salvation, but practically no foreshadowing for later events in the first book. For me, it works. I don’t know how other people will feel about it.
To foreshadow properly, a writer needs to have a picture of where things are going (as I said above). For me, this means having the outline for book 2 and the general plot of book 3 (and even later books that are not included in this trilogy). In my first drafts, the bluntness of the foreshadowing reminds me what I need later. It jumps out at me and says “Don’t forget to make me important!” And so I remember.
But I’m afraid readers won’t. What happens if my foreshadowing is too subtle and the readers forget it? Well, I suppose that is what editors are for.
Take care, fellow travelers.
- Why Write a Series? (pdonovanauthor.wordpress.com)