Ron Rozelle tells us novelists that foreshadowing gives the reader a clue – a taste of what is to come – like a formation of geese ahead of an approaching cold front. Listen to the first sentence Ron gives us about foreshadowing a novel from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones:
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.
Ron says that the word that is packed with foreshadowing is the verb was. Why, most readers will want to know, isn’t her name still Susie Salmon? The very next sentence answers that:
I was murdered on December 6, 1973.
Now they want to know how and why she was murdered … and what the heck is going on here.
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