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On to my post...
Foreshadowing in a novel is something that I personally love...if the author uses it well and it catches me off guard. I don;t like being able to predict the novel's ending from the foreshadowing on the first page, but when little clues are given throughout the novel-it's fun to go back and have those 'aha' moments once you reach the end.
In my writing, I usually finish the book, then make sure somewhere in the first chapters (if I can do it) there is some indication of the outcome, and I also try to use the following techniques that may be helpful to you as well:
-Foreshadow a major event that will happen to your main character by having a similar, minor event happen to a secondary character. The reader may not give it much thought at the time, but will remember it and connect the two later.
-You can also foreshadow by introducing a surprise effect. Create a predictable situation, but have the unexpected results happen. Readers will see where the story is heading, but they will be hoping that it's just a trick and that their instincts are not right. This is a bit of a gamble, but when done skillfully, it can keep a reader on the edge of their seats. (However, this tip may not be suitable to our romance genre-maybe more literary love stories.)
I'm always looking for new ways to create foreshadowing effectively in my writing, so I'd love to hear your tips:)