Mystery writing tips: foreshadowing

Guest author, artist, and superhero Phil Amara (also known as zeromojo on Storybird) gave us some tips on foreshadowing – perfect fodder for this phase of the Summer Writing Club Mystery Challenge.

Foreshadowing helps make your story a classic mystery. When you foreshadow, you hint at something important that’s going to happen later. For careful readers, it’s an early warning that says big things are going to happen. Foreshadowing almost always comes at your story’s beginning.


Need help? Here are some examples.

“A storm brewing”

The mystery starts with a cloudy sky. The clouds foreshadow the storm that comes later, and affects a jewel thief who’s clean getaway is foiled by storm’s flood.

“Headlines”

Your character notices a news headline about a painting missing from a museum. This news foreshadows the sneaky scheme of a clever crook later in the story.

“”Fortune Teller”

Your character has his fortune told at a carnival. The fortune teller says something he lost will be found. Soon, he’s on an adventure to reunite with the twin he didn’t know he had!

We can’t wait to read July’s entries!

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