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Jun
18
comment How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
And why on earth can't a happy ending be foreshadowed? Have you never seen a single romantic comedy?
Jun
18
comment How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
Foreshadowing is the way to depict fate, yes. Foreshadowing doesn't only mean that the character is fated to do X. In my example, the heroine might press the button, or the plucky comic relief might see the button and turn pale, yelling "My brother pressed that button and you killed him!" and attack the leader. Or the plucky comic relief might almost press the button but be prevented from doing so at the last second by the heroine. There are many different outcomes which could be foreshadowed by the same event.
Jun
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
17
reviewed No Action Needed Choosing between your Mother Tongue and other language
Jun
16
revised Avoiding a juvenile/archaic feel in formal verse
added 18 characters in body
Jun
16
awarded  Autobiographer
Jun
16
awarded  Deputy
Jun
16
comment Is there a complete guideline for which tense to use?
@CLockeWork I'd make your comment an answer. It's pretty much exactly what I'd say.
Jun
15
answered Switching from past to present tense to increase narrative speed?
Jun
15
answered How can we have foreshadowing in a story that takes place in a universe where the future can't be known beforehand?
Jun
13
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Jun
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Edit your post with your synopsis and let's see if that makes it work better.
Jun
12
comment Is there such a thing as a “setting sketch” for a science fiction writing?
Isn't this sort of what Tolkien did? He invented the Quenya language and had to write a bunch of novels to justify it and create somewhere to use it.
Jun
11
answered Craft group exercises or chapters in critique groups?
Jun
11
answered Referring to sign language in conversations
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
@PaulA.Clayton That's a great one. Also brings to mind Glorfindel's prophecy of the death of the Witch-King of Angmar: "He shall not fall by the hand of man." Cue Merry the hobbit stabbing him behind the knee and Éowyn ripping off her helmet to shout, "I am no man!" before putting a sword through his ghost head.
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
Something else I thought of: are the good guys and bad guys working on two different sets of prophecies? David Eddings did this in the Belgariad. Both sets talked about the same events, favoring different outcomes depending on whether Good or Evil was making the prophecy.
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
Other things to consider: Is the prophecy immutable? (that is, will it come true no matter what the protagonists or antagonists do?) What happens if it's thwarted? Could more than one person or event fulfill the prophecy? Will your prophecy have two forks? (If X happens, the good guys win; if Y happens, the bad guys do)
Jun
10
comment How to write a prophecy?
Perfect answer. The first example which leaps to mind is Prof. Trelawney's about The Chosen One who would defeat Voldemort (which could have applied to Harry or Neville). The extra fillip on that prophecy was that Voldemort's reaction to it actually created the one who would take him down.
Jun
9
reviewed Reviewed Are there any places to have community story development?