F is for foreshadowing.
How many of you have read a book and when you came to the end were like, “Aha!” Things that happened vaguely throughout and, though they fit in the scene at that moment, actually proved to serve a bigger purpose.
Some readers might not realize what’s happening to them when you introduce tight, preplanned introductions to future events and they become wrapped up in the story and have to turn that next page.
Recently, a dear friend read a book and mentioned how predictable it was. In fact, several times, as she related the experience while reading it, she guessed ahead of time what would happen next. And she was right without fail. Foreshadowing should create anticipation, both on a conscious and subconscious level. Admittedly, there are those avid readers out there that can zero in on the smallest of hints and guess correctly. ; )
When I write, I go back several times while revising to add small (and sometimes lengthy) passages to help foreshadow coming events. For instance, (and I’m giving away a big one here) in Cornerstone Deep, Anna’s first experience in her new home after being harvested for service provided more than just a look into how she’d been changed by the spell that was cast on her. It provided a foundation for how she would react at an important turning point in the plot…a reaction Cole hadn’t been prepared for.
Have you found yourself disappointed when you came to the end of a book and found it was far too predictable? Or worse, the conclusion was so far fetched and unrealistic that you wanted to (or did) chuck the thing into the recycle bin?