Foreshadowing is a way of indicating or hinting at what will come later. It can be something subtle like storm clouds on the horizon suggesting impending danger, or direct danger such as a conversation stating someone’s intent.
It is a remarkably efficient tool that you can use to place false clues and mislead a reader. These “red herrings,” will often appear in mystery suspense or crime writing.
So why is foreshadowing important?
It is both an element of story telling and an actual literary device that can add palative dramatic tension to a story by building layers of anticipation around what will happen next. Foreshadowing can be used to create suspense or to convey information that helps readers understand what comes later. It can also make extraordinary, even fanciful events seem more believable; if the text foreshadows something, the reader feels prepared for the events when they happen.
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