Ron Rozelle tells us novelists that foreshadowing gives the reader a clue – a taste of what is to come – like a formation of geese ahead of an approaching cold front. Listen to the first sentence Ron gives us about foreshadowing a novel from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones:
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.
Ron says that the word that is packed with foreshadowing is the verb was. Why, most readers will want to know, isn’t her name still Susie Salmon? The very next sentence answers that:
I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
Now they want to know how and why she was murdered … and what the heck is going on here.
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Paula Wynne is the founder of Book Hub. She started Book Hub out of a need to market and promote her own fiction. As well as running Book Hub, Paula is an author with several published books.
Paula's Writers' Resource Series features the following books: Pimp My Fiction: How to Write a Novel with The Ultimate List of Creative Writing Books to Create A Plot & Build Character; A~Z Writers’ Character Quirks: A~ Z of Behaviours, Foibles, Habits, Mannerisms & Quirks for Writers’ to Create Fictional and 101 Writers’ Scene Settings: Unique Location Ideas & Sensory Details for Writers’ to Create Vivid Scene.