How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid

I love foreshadowing and if used correctly it will propel your story to exciting new heights. Think about some of your favorite movies or books and how those authors foreshadowed future events. Add this to your own stories and you are on your way! ❤ Click the highlighted link below to read more about using foreshadowing in your writing. 

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

Source: How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock – ProWritingAid



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  1. I love foreshadowing, Colleen. In fact I’ve called the prequel to my trilogy Foreshadowing! Jx

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  2. That’s a lovely way to describe foreshadowing ‘planting a seeds and watching it grow’! Colleen Jx

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  3. An interesting article, thanks, Colleen 🙂 Hitchcock was a master.

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