Article: Avoid Deus ex Machina with foreshadowing


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    Article: Avoid Deus ex Machina with foreshadowing

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    A good article that was posted by my local writer group.
    Avoid Deus ex Machina with foreshadowing

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    The Indiana Jones one is a good example, but sometimes I feel that foreshadowing is overused, and there should be more maximum surprise in fiction as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironpony View Post
    The Indiana Jones one is a good example, but sometimes I feel that foreshadowing is overused, and there should be more maximum surprise in fiction as well.
    The trick is to keep the foreshadowing subtle.

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    Yeah true. Since I write screenplays, I usually go by movies as examples, but one movie where I saw the big reveal coming a mile away was Get Out (2017). If they just wouldn't have foreshadowed it at all, or at least been much more subtle about it, that would have helped for example.

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    Good article, I linked another writer-friend before I was even halfway through it, LOL. I hadn't really thought of sorting through details, clues, and skills like that. Very helpful!

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