marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

fix-up foreshadowing

I've got an idea for a fix-up.

Which, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a book composed of a sequence of short stories, following a character usually.  It may or may not have an over-all arc -- mine does -- but it's usually very episodic even so -- and mine is.

Like it's likely I would be able to sell the stories individual with the short story markets the way there are.  (Why fix-ups are so much rarer nowadays.)

Nevertheless, writing the first story, I have a character sneak off and read the future in the cards.  This is, among other things, a significant foreshadowing of her future and the sneaky nature that will lead to her role in the stories.  And in the middle of working out a reading such that the cards are right, and she nevertheless gets it all wrong, I wonder whether it really fits in the first story as a stand-alone. . . .

Reminds me of a review of Operation Chaos where a reviewer could not remember whether the diabolic bits -- where the narrator gains hints of the vast plan encompassing him -- were inserted or had been in the stories when they were published independently.


Well, I suppose that in due course, that's what writers' groups are for, or beta readers:  to blink at the scene, or not blink, and let me know.
Tags: foreshadowing, story structure

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