Today I wanted to talk a bit about this pic. It’s from my run (slow shuffle) yesterday. I was groaning and moaning when I saw it and thought ‘that’s not much use in the day.’
Then I thought:
But if it wasn’t there now it would be dark at night.
We’re pretty lucky in our area to have a well-lit path to run/walk/ride on and a council who thinks past the moment (which is hard for me when I’m running).
All that led me to thinking of foreshadowing in my story. If I’m going to need a lamp at ni9ght it bet5ter be there in the day. Now, for lights it’s mostly a given and they don’t need to be explicitly described if the character walks into the room in the day.
However that’s not true of other details.
It can be hard to think ahead while writing which is where editing can be lifesaver. If I need a special weapon or escape or whatever I can add it in (hopefully seamlessly). If I need a clue I can add it in to hint at what’s coming. The other option is to simply make the character use only what is there.
Sometimes there’s the magic where I don’t try to think of something but find my subconscious has done the foreshadowing for me. Cue happy dancing!
Do you think ahead like that when you read/write?
Can you tell when something’s been added later?
I always wanted to write. I’ve worked as a lab assistant, a pizza delivery driver and a high school teacher but I always pursued my first dream of creating stories. Now, I live with my family near Adelaide, halfway between the city and the sea, and am lucky to spend my days (and nights) writing young adult fiction.
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