Thoughts on Writing:
Basically Foreshadowing are hints, actions, or dialog that pretty much give clues that something big could happen later in the story. Its goal is to get readers more into the story and to continue onward to see what will next. It is a pretty common technique many writers use, but it is something that I have found not touched on in many books on writing. However, it is a double edged sword. Bad foreshadowing would result in giving away the big reveal and you lose your readers. Good foreshadowing will result in a satisfied reader who will want to see the story through to the end.
Now, executing foreshadow is fairly easy. Usually it happens during the first draft, without realizing it. This occurred to me when I wrote one of my earlier unpublished novels. When I started second drafting it, I noticed a lot of foreshadowing and during the re-write, I tempered it so the story would come out crisp and clean. Now on the other hand, if you attempt to foreshadow by manually, to use a lesser term, you have to prepare your scenes in advance. All scenes the foreshadow involves and the scenes in between that don't involve it. After all you have to connect the dots between the foreshadow scenes leading up to the big reveal. Or else what you write won't make sense and could result in red herrings.
And red herrings is the one thing you do not want to write too much of. You can get away with it like say, if you have two characters and one is guilty instead of the other. But if you have nothing but an endless slew of red herrings, it will turn the reader off because you're pulling them by the nose.
For me, I love foreshadowing. To write scenes and situations in such a subtle manner that draws intrigue upon the reader, is the best tool I have in writing arsenal. It makes my stories strong and keeps me my readers in the game. To make them want more. I have tried to foreshadow at will through 'Arcana Magi Memorial Vol. 1' and I am hoping that it was executed well. I had everything involved with foreshadowing laid out and prepared. As for my other works, I'm confident that the foreshadow I found during the second draft was well tempered to not kill the story and brought a level of enjoyment to all of you. I would definitely recommend all you writers out to try it out at will and contrast to foreshadowing you tempered in the second draft to see the differences in your writing. It's a good way to know how well you're doing.]
So that is the Facebook version of my thoughts on Foreshadowing. Next week will be my thoughts on my Writing Experimentation to close out the Thoughts on Writing Facebook posts. I do have a lot on my mind regarding 'Arcana Magi Universe' and Kindle. Nothing is set in stone yet, but I may need to shake things up if I want to secure a good healthy future in Fiction Writing. When the time comes I will address the entire situation.
Until Next Time...