Author Topic: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing  (Read 3212 times)

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« on: August 28, 2013, 01:52:55 PM »
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/08/21/story-structure-foreshadowing/

Writing A Novel: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing

How do you explain the concept of foreshadowing?

So, itís like this . . . 

Offline Skip Slocum

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12384
  • Writers are dreamers with pens
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 03:14:28 PM »
". . . or return to reinforce it during revisions, youíll find that a solid understanding of story structure will help you plan it to its full advantage."

I was waiting to see if she'd mention this. After your first or even second pass its easier to pinpoint where to trickle in some foreshadowing. (for me it was)

I liked the idea of light and heavy foreshadowing with heavy coming first. A few times I've been told I might want to remind the reader of 'X fact' since it had been so long since that point was discussed in dialogue or the likes.

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 03:17:03 PM »
Yep - the story isn't really finished until you've done the editing and prodded it into shape with all the information that's surfaced in the process -- either by cuts or additions. ;)

Offline 2par

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4740
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 05:07:28 PM »
Very interesting article. Thanks. I think I'm already doing this as an intuitive thing.

Offline 510bhan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 63305
  • So many jobs to do . . .
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 05:19:15 PM »
Good woman.  ;D It's great to discover you are doing things folks recommend, isn't it?

Offline 2par

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4740
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 05:26:21 PM »
You know what I've just realized? Most of the characters I'm writing in that book are going to be used in the future. As time goes on, almost everyone will have a further role to play.

JewelAS53

  • Guest
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 06:02:35 PM »
Interesting article. Thanks for this. I think I am doing this - I have made notes to check properly in the revision.

Offline Mastafrank

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 10595
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 06:05:33 PM »
Thank you sio ;)

Offline ChrisHarrison

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 284
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2013, 05:44:43 AM »
I understand the principle. I think it could be demonstrated as follows:

John Smith decides to go ahead with his lifelong ambition: to follow the High Pass Trail, an eight inch wide footpath, hanging off the side of a cliff face 3000ft above the Brahmaputra River. One hundred miles away at the other end of the High Pass Trail, Colonel Blunder sets out with the same intention accompanied by two of his widest elephants.

Y'all know what's gonna happen.

Offline 2par

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4740
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2013, 03:28:51 PM »
They meet a resurrected Hannibal?

Offline ChrisHarrison

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 284
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2013, 03:38:14 PM »
That's not quite what I had in mind, but I'm sure it would come as a surprise.

JewelAS53

  • Guest
Re: How Story Structure Creates Foreshadowing
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2013, 03:39:53 PM »
The front elephant lifts John onto his back, the second elephant...  ???