Sunday Snapshot: A Taste Of Autumn

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Foreshadowing.

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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Sunday Snapshot: A Taste Of Autumn

  1. Dan Antion

    August 23, 2020 at 7:33am

    It seems to be coming early for the trees, but the long hot summer persists. I’m ready for autumn.

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      Marian Allen

      August 23, 2020 at 5:08pm

      The weather has been beautiful here. Open windows at night and in the low 80s in the day. No doubt we have our dog days just ahead.

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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    August 23, 2020 at 1:40pm

    Foreshadowing is my thing. Almost everything I write that you don’t get instantly, because it doesn’t relate directly to the current scene, is either connected to the past – or is tied to the future.

    It is the web of reasons why fiction works for me better than real life: what goes in is relevant – to the whole.

    It drives me nuts sometimes to create it, because it must only be hinted at, and not be obvious until the very end (which could be the end of a thread, or a character, too). I think that’s why we read: to show how it COULD be.

    It’s the fun part, but fun that you need to do work for. And I have to ask myself continuously: is this too much?

    Foreshadowing is a deliberate act, a part of the structure.

    Which just gave me some ideas for a knot I’m trying to untangle, before I get the sword out.

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      Marian Allen

      August 23, 2020 at 5:11pm

      Yay! I do love subtle foreshadowing, especially when it’s something that doesn’t seem particularly relevant but sticks in the mind, and then the reason for it arrives and it pops like fireworks. You do that SO well! Even better, as a mixed plot/pants writer, is the detail that did two jobs and then, farther along, it turns out to have been doing three or more jobs and I didn’t consciously realize it.

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      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

        August 23, 2020 at 5:22pm

        We aim to please. It takes time, not only in the writing, but in the deciding in the first place, and then in the plotting.

        I just like the effect, and I am my first reader.

        I confess to having re-read everything in Book 2 twice recently, and the really good part four times (a six scene arc that give the plot a kick in the seat of the pants).

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