The Purpose of Plot Revisited

This week we’re looking at plot: What is it? How do we create it? Where do subplots fit in? Tuesday – What’s Your Problem? How do we decide what the plot is? Wednesday – Where’s Your Tools? What does our character need to fix the problem? Thursday – Subbing Your Story, How do subplots relate to […]

Keeping it Short Revisited

This week we’re looking at short stories and how they can help us improve our editing skills. Tuesday – How Short is Short? What do we mean by a ‘short’ story Wednesday – Picking a Time, How much time can we cover in our story? Thursday – On Exposition, How much exposition can we use […]

A Question Too Far Revisited

Problems arise with foreshadowing when we make it too conspicuous. As we discussed with symbolism and red-herrings they’re elements of foreshadowing that are narrative tools but we don’t necessarily want the reader to notice to tools until we’re ready. The primary problem with emphasising foreshadowing is that when we emphasis it we can actually cancel […]

The False Shadow Revisited

The most conspicuous form of foreshadowing is the red-herring, a form of misdirection. Now, you might argue this isn’t foreshadowing because it’s leading you down the wrong path or it’s a false foreshadowing that it leads your towards a conclusion, though this conclusion may be incorrect. You might even argue that it isn’t false foreshadowing […]

Simplifying Symbolism Revisited

Symbolism goes hand-in-hand with implication in foreshadowing. This doesn’t mean that all implication is symbolism or even that all symbolism is implication. For example, someone wearing a religious symbol is often an indicator that they belong to that faith rather than an implication, though some religious symbols have entered fashion and are therefore not always […]

Did I Say That? Revisited

A large part of foreshadowing is implication. Writers have been known to confuse foreshadowing with plot exposition such as telling the reader, ‘Doing X could end the world’. While we’re revealing a potential outcome of the story we’re not foreshadowing the ending we’re telling the reader the stakes without which the story couldn’t function. In […]

What is Foreshadowing? Revisited

Foreshadowing is the act of hinting at possible outcomes of a story, sometimes well in advance of the end. It can even be included right at the beginning of the story. However, foreshadowing can be tricky because if it’s too much or too obvious it can spoil our ending by revealing it too soon. It’s […]

Shadow in the Fore Revisited

This week we’re looking at foreshadowing: What is it? How can we use symbolism? And what’s this got to do with red-herrings? Tuesday – What is Foreshadowing? What do we mean by ‘foreshadowing’? Wednesday – Did I Say That? Using foreshadowing is a matter of implication Thursday – Simplifying Symbolism, What’s symbolism got to do with […]

Getting Emotive Revisited

This week we’re looking at emotion in fiction: What can we tell? What can we show? Does everything need to be in conflict? Tuesday – The Man in the Machine, Do we write emotions into machines or do we infer it? Wednesday – I Feel… Emotions in fiction go beyond what we tell readers characters feel. […]

Brick-By-Brick Revisited

This week we’re looking at writing our characters in motion including; the perils of over writing, the use of implication, and when the reader needs to see. Tuesday – Dropping Breadcrumbs, Considering when showing may be more useful than telling. Wednesday – Death to Excess, Sometimes characters don’t pull their weight and create unnecessary distractions. […]