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“No, Don’t Tell Me”: How & When Should We Use Foreshadowing? – by Jami Gold…

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on Writers Helping Writers:

Foreshadowing is a literary technique we can use in our stories that gives a preview or hint of events that will happen later. While many might think of foreshadowing for mysteries, this literary device can be used in any genre.

In fact, most stories need foreshadowing of some type to keep readers interested in what’s going to happen. That said, foreshadowing requires a balance. When used poorly, foreshadowing can make our story feel boring or predictable, but most stories need foreshadowing of some type to keep readers interested in what’s going to happen.

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The New Year – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

Time marches on

And one year

Will turn

Into a new year.

The inevitable change

Brings both mystery

And hope with it

As we move into the future.

Will the new year be good?

Or will it be bad?

Like starting a new chapter

In a book,

We can’t really know

For certain

What will happen

Until we turn the page.

All we can do

Is follow the path

The new year lays out

And do what we can

To make it a good year.

And maybe change ourselves

For the better

Along the way.

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “new/knew”:

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The Editing Process #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Self-editing is not an easy task. As a rule, I don’t recommend it because we authors see what we want to see. However, hiring an editor is out of reach for some people, and we will discuss that further in the second half of this article.

WritingCraft_self-editingThe publishing world is a rough playground. Editors for traditional publishing companies and small presses have a landslide of work to pick from and are chronically short-staffed. They can’t accept unprofessional work regardless of how good the story is.

Finding a freelance editor can be a challenge. A good way is to ask other authors who they recommend. Also, many freelance editors network through social media sites like Linkedin.

Another way is to google “how to find a freelance editor.”

Quill_pen smallBefore you hire an editor, check their qualifications and references. SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Association) has an article you should read…

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More Humor Discussion with Some Examples

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Hi SEers. John is with you today. On the third of December, I wrote about different kinds of humor. You can go HERE if you want to read the post. I ended with the idea that I would try to find some examples of the humor listed. Well, I did find some but not all. Since I’m back on the job on January 4th, I’ll try to find more. Let’s go to four from the list of nine. I listed the item as described in my other post, so some examples may be contrary to what I originally wrote. Okay, with that disclaimer, here goes.

Surreal/Satire humor– Using humor to make a broader statement unrelated to real-world actions. Monte Python used this form almost exclusively. Regarding use in writing, I think it would be hard to do surreal humor in a book without sounding…

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What If You’re New to Writing and Don’t Know How to Fix Things? – by Tiffany Yates Martin…

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on Jane Friedman site:


I’m a beginning writer. I’ve been focusing on it for two years, though I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. In some ways, I feel like I’ve grown, but mostly I get overwhelmed by all I have yet to learn.

I read blog posts and craft books, thinking the advice sounds great and I can’t wait to try it. When I get to my writing, I freeze because I don’t know how to execute it. Two things I’ve been hoping to improve this year are characters and developmental editing.

This is where I’ve been stuck. I read about what needs to be looked at developmentally, but I don’t know how to recognize what needs fixing in my first draft or how to fix it.

I read my writing and know it is not up to par. It feels flat and dull, but I don’t know…

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – a masterclass in structure #amwriting

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

Another Christmas has joined the Ghosts of Christmas Past—today is Boxing Day. Our post today explores my favorite Christmas story of all time, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

My Sister's Ornament, cjjaspI have talked about this novella many times, as I think it is one of the most enduring stories in Western literature. The opening act of this tale is a masterclass in how to structure a story.

I love stories of redemption–and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens remains one of the most beloved tales of redemption in the Western canon. Written in 1843 as a serialized novella, A Christmas Carol has inspired a landslide of adaptations in both movies and books.

Charles Dickens was a master of storytelling, employing hooks and heavy foreshadowing to good effect. Let’s have a look at the first lines of this tale:

Christmascarol1843_--_040“Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt…

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