Sideshadowing allows the reader to stop looking at the narrative and its timeline linearly and instead consider the set of alternate possibilities, viewing time as “open” just as in real life.
This week, we read the essay, The Power of Persuasion by Mario Vargas Llosa from his book, Letters to a Young Novelist. Llosa shares some great advice for writers, talking about a novel’s form and how, in great novels, form and content are not really separate from each other.
Great storytelling is more just a great story idea. If it’s not written well, the reader is unlikely to be entertained enough to want to read through till the end of your novel. This where a literary device like foreshadowing can lend massive depth to your plot, to the characters and to the dramatic effect, something you cannot afford to leave out if you want your readers to be hooked to your book.