Saturday, September 27, 2008

Foreshadowing with Change of Seasons

Foreshadowing is a tool writers use to drop subtle hints of things to come. Today's prompt will use the theme of seasons to create an element of foreshadowing. Writing exercises such as this can be used to learn how to raise a question in the readers mind or can even misdirect them in order to deliver a surprise later in the story.

Today's Pumping Your Muse Prompt

Develop a scene in which the change of season delivers information that coincides with the character's life. For example, as fall transforms trees in brilliant colors your character who is about to turn 65 contemplates the harsh winter predicted by forecasters. Or a pregnant teen watches the snow melt as new buds spring to life outside her window. These are just examples. Choose your season and start writing.

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