This week, we welcome author Mike Stop Continues to the round table to delve deeper into the art of foreshadowing. We define foreshadowing, discuss its variations, and provide many examples from literature, ranging from Romeo and Juliet to Fight Club.





Since our last conversation about foreshadowing created more questions than answers we decided to try again! Here we lay down a solid definition of foreshadowing and talk about why you want to do it, and how to do it well. What elements in your story can foreshadowing be used in? Does it require hindsight? And are you opening loops? Or providing answers to questions the reader hasn’t even thought to ask?

You can find our guest, Mike Stop Continues, at

You can find the first foreshadowing episode, SWRT 012, here.

What we talked about:

What is our working definition of foreshadowing? (2:13)

Foreshadowing and tension – how subtle is too subtle? (4:56)

How can you use foreshadowing to set up a twist? (9:11)

Does Foreshadowing require hindsight? (13:30)

How does foreshadowing work in terms of raising questions for the readers? (15:18)

What elements in your story can you use foreshadowing for? (17:58)

Why do we use foreshadowing? (18:50)

Are titles foreshadowing or hooks? (24:08)

How does foreshadowing vary by genre and reader base? (25:28)

How does it add depth? (27:39)

Dialogue foreshadowing. (30:52)

Foreshadowing working as a clue. (32:50)

How the character interacts with something matters! (34:30)



Things we mentioned:
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Stephen King 
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher
The Living and the Dead 

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