WRITING SUSPENSE & MYSTERY IN FANTASY : FORESHADOWING SCENES
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In my work in progress werewolf novel draft 2 I cut a lot of unnecessary backstory and foreshadowing of scenes for most characters so I can concentrate on specific characters that I want to lay out a direct and leveled path that is not predicable within their story arc . I also devised and planned a list of characters who I will have foreshadowing for future scenes where important events will take place. This was hard but I think I have managed to do it.
It is important as the writer to not overuse the foreshadowing technique . Foreshadowing allows for there to be suspense and mystery you do not want to dispel it .
You want to use foreshadowing to prepare the readers for later scenes in order to tie up loose ends, to focus on important details within the novel and create a sense of fate within the story by revealing its ending, thus putting the focus on the character’s struggles against their fate.
Therefore , you want to be able to plant something and then pay it off properly at the end.
In order to do this the writer would need to introduce the object, symbol, place , ect that is relevant at the beginning in order for the plot to unfold.
To bring suspense and mystery you can foreshadow anything
From objects such as: Cars and gadgets and magical items.
From Skill or Talent: Imitating a voice or relaying a skill that the character in the scene does such as playing the piano .
From Behavior : An example of this is a character being compulsive or impatient in their actions as it relates to a scene that will connect to the future scenes.
Remember to build mystery and suspense in a scene doesn’t have to be always loud and action pack and can be just as tantalizing and cerebral with the subtleness of a foreshadowed technique.
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WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU FORESHADOW SCENES IN YOUR NOVEL THAT YOU HAVE READ OR WRITTEN?
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