Explanation (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing) Story Writing


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Explanation (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing)

It's always amazed me that although paintings are flat, they can suggest the physical and emotional depth of reality. The same is true of stories. After all, stories are merely words on a page, completely linear, and yet they're capable of creating the experience of life's multilayered three-dimensional richness in the reader's mind. How does the writer accomplish this? By weaving ongoing subplots, relevant flashbacks, and hints of the future--that is, foreshadowing-- into what's happening in the moment.

This is crucial since subplots give prospective, foreshadowing helps shape the readers expectations, and information culled from backstory and flashbacks help the protagonist decide what to do next. It's just like in real life. We are wired to use both the past and any auxiliary info we can summon to evaluate the present. Your goal as a writer is to be sure your story has these multiple layers and then to make sure the information you're weaving in comes at the exact ri...

Explanation (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing)
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Explanation (Flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing) provides you with in-depth training on Business. Taught by Lisa Cron as part of the Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story

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