Book Review: The Curse Of Time (Bloodstone,#1) by M.J. Mallon

Author: M.J. Mallon
Pages: 242
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 26, 2017
Publisher: Kyrosmagica Publishing

Blurb

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but a perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

Review
5 Stars

Okay, wow. Marjorie had created a wonderful story with such relatable characters. The Curse of Time is a young adult fantasy novel and I loved every page in it ❤

Amelina, the main character is such a lovable and so relatable character. The author did a great job with her and the other characters in this book. Every detail so well thought off and you can tell by reading as the story flows so easily. Amelina’s world is so unique and full of magic (I won’t say much here, every little detail might spoil things).

Meeting the Ryder changed everything with Amelina and not the way she wished to and I loved that the author made Amelina grow with the plot, and as a writer myself, that is what I love to see in books. I loved the use of mirrors and crystals in this book, every magical item made the story more dramatic and magical, you are “literally” sucked into Amelina’s world and it felt amazing. It was the perfect book to read while my life was so stressful and hectic, it was a blessed escape.

Ryder is the perfect villain here and the author did a great job with making us “love to hate him” and I enjoyed to hating him, lol 😀

You could really tell that the author Marjorie made every little detail feel special, from the beggings of the chapters to a character-driven plot and amazing adventures and struggles. If you love Fantasy and Paranormal this book is for you ❤

I won’t say more as from here on the plot really moves fast and before you know it, the book has ended (WHY???).  I need book 2 🙂

You can find the book over at:

Goodreads / Amazon

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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  • A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Disney Song Tag

I first saw this on Lynette Noni’s Blog and loved it so much that I decided to fill it out for myself. I love anything Disney and books ❤

So here goes! I won’t be tagging anyone myself, but if you’re interested in doing this tag feel free and consider yourself tagged 😀

Without further ado, here’s the Disney Song Tag!

1. A Whole New World – What is your favorite newest fantasy series?

New? Wow, that’s hard, but I guess Thrown of glass. I love the story, the characters, just can’t wait to read them all 🙂

2. Part of You World – What book world would you like to live in? 

I would love to live in Harry Potter’s world but as a wizard 😉

3. Let it Go- What book/series do you wish everyone would stop talking about?

I have to agree with Lynette here as well, Red Queen. I haven’t read it yet and I want to, but the hype of this book is getting higher and higher and now I am sure I will be disappointed (Well… maybe not but will see).

4. When You Wish Upon a Star- What book or series do you wish you could have more of?

Sorry, but the only thing that comes to mind is Harry Potter. I think that there are so many more adventures in that world and with those characters (or, maybe it’s just me).

5. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- What is the longest book you have read?

As one single book and not a collection… Well… The only thing that I can think of is

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin (1123 pages).

6. Hakuna Matata- What book could you read over and over without a care in the world?

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen ❤

7. A Spoonful of Sugar- What couple has the sweetest relationship?

Omg, there are just so much.

8. You Got a Friend in Me- Who are the best “best friends?”

I love Harry Potter and Hermione Granger 🙂

I also like Bella and Jacob from Twilight.

Frodo and Sam

9. Zero to Hero- What character wasn’t expected to be a hero?

I will have to say from Harry Potter again (sorry). Neville just was a surprise to everyone and he was so awesome for fighting like that.

10. You’ll Be in My Heart- What Character death made you cry the most?

I just talk with my friend about this and it’s from Harry Potter (again, lol).

Sirius Black. That was just so awful! I just cried so much (I can’t even think of it).

“And BTW, that’s an awful question to end this quiz on! Talk about a downer! *Insert unhappy face*” – How true.

Thank you so much for reading ❤
Galit

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The Ultimate Book Tag

Ok, I saw this tag all over the blogging community and I really loved it.

So… I thought why not give it a go 🙂

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes, I do! I can’t read when I am in a car or a bus. I hate that I can’t and I did try many times but not with good results.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I think Terry Pratchett is the most unique. He writes with humor and knowledge – All warped up in a fun and lovely book. But… I have to say that Robin Hobb has very special writing style as well.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter. Always and forever. I know that even when I will be much older I will still love Harry Potter. There is something magical about these books, that is so rare and wonderful.

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

No! When I was younger I did. Now I love my books even more and I hate that they get ruined. I carry with me my tablet (it has kindle app in it) and I hope to buy Kindle soon.

5. Do you smell your books?

All the time 😀

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

I don’t mind little illustrations but I like it without 🙂

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

There are a few, but I really can’t remember the names.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Funny? No! Interesting? Maybe 😀

When I was a kid and still couldn’t read, my mom used to read me a lot of poems from my favorite poem book ❤ After she read them I used to tell her stories about the character/s from that poem or made up a new poem all together 🙂

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

The Tales Of Beedle The Bard By J. K. Rowling. It’s small, thin and only 108 pages.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

I think it’s The Complete Fiction By H. P. Lovecraft 1098 pages.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I can’t see my life without writing. Writing is air, it’s something that I can’t even live without. I do hope to be a published author in the near future ❤

12. When did you get into reading?

I started reading as a kid, at a very young age. Reading more and more, but when I discovered classics book (the penguin books) I fell in love with them and from that moment on I never stopped reading,

13. What is your favorite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen.

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14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

English, Art, and Math were always my strongest subjects 😀

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated… What would you do?

This is very rare as most people will buy me gift cards or ask for a book I really want 😀 But if they did buy a book I hated I will let them know that I will exchange the book 🙂

16. There is no question 16! But… I wrote one for myself 😀 When you read, do you take notes of the things you loved, quotes, or words that you really liked?

I do! I do that a lot since I was at a very young age. My mom told me that if I found something nice that I love in the book I am reading, then I should write it down and show her ❤

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

While working on a post I save it so many time, lol. I just forget if I saved it or not, so I keep clicking on the ‘save draft’, lo.

18. What is your favorite word?

Love, Hope and… supercalifragilisticexpialidocious ❤

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

I am a geek ❤

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Both. Both of them can be scary and pretty, lol. You gotta love them both.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Sorry, not much a fan of either.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

I love paranormal over supernatural in books anytime 🙂

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires! Not much a fan of zombies, not in books nor in movies.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love is such a rare thing in a book so I would go with that.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I don’t read much romance books.

Nominees

If you are reading this then consider yourself (Yes you!) nominated. I think you are all creative and would enjoy reading your answers on this fun tag 🙂

Feel free to share in the comment below somewhat would be your answers?

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Akarnae: Book Review

I always wanted to do a book review, but for some reason, it scared me. Now that I am reading books for book reviews on TRB I have a little bit of courage to do this as well, at least for some that I really wanted to do, but was too afraid. I will try to make this review short and sweet and I hope to do well 🙂

Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles #1) By Lynette Noni

Genre: A mix of Fantasy, Sci/Fi, and Adventure.

Book Type: I bought the Kindle version so I could read it everywhere, but I do hope to find a printed copy 😀

 

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Totally love it.

Before I will actually start the review I just wanted to say something. Do you remember the first time you read Harry Potter and you thought OMG, this how I feel about this book 🙂 That it, just wanted to put it out there and now I can calmly go back to the review 🙂

Akarnae is like a great mix of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, all written in such a delightful way. I read this book 3 times now and each time I was screaming in my head “Omg… No way… Looove it.” That’s why it reminded me so much of the first time I’ve read Harry Potter and Narnia. This book has so much fantasy and wonders in it, that I just fell in love with it. I love that in this book there’s hardly any romance and this gives so much power to the story and makes the Alex (the protagonist) a much stronger character.

Lynette builds wonderful characters, but Alex is by far the best here. She is so strong, so well-balanced and even though her story begins with a bit of sadness, it still not tragic one but because the way she was brought up she can truly embrace the unusual and the surprising adventure, that she found herself in. This is a very refreshing writing style and I love it.

Like all good Fantasy Alex as well is very naturally gifted and like in the Harry Potter here as well Alex is standing out and becomes the chosen one. The one that can help the entire world. Beyond the wonderful characters, there is a well written and magical world, a world that very fast becomes somewhat real too. I could see the world and the school so well as if I was there with them.

In this story, I fell in love with the library omg, the strong and sarcastic Alex and the way this world uses magic 🙂

For me, the story was very fast pace reading and the only thing that tore my heart out is that I need to wait for the second book. Now that’s painful. This book is such an inspiration for me, the way Lynette writes the story so well and it seems so perfect and effortless, beautiful.

Will Alex risk her entire world–and maybe even her life–to save Medora? Go find out!

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Top Ten Tuesday : Top Ten Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in which you make a list of ten to do with a certain topic. This weeks topic is “Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books”. I saw it first at Kath from The Last Reader and I really wanted to do this 🙂

So… Here is my list, hope you like it ❤

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I love this character so much, she is so strong and she will only accept true love. Just the way I felt all my life. I always thought that true love is just not possible, but I guess I was wrong, lol.

Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

Hermione is a strong character in the life of Harry Potter and her motivation and determination helped Harry in every step he took. She may not be the main character but without her, I don’t think there was a book and I don’t that Harry could go as far as he did without her help.

Buffy Summers from the TV show Buffy.

I love how strong she is on the show, but also so real. She may have powers that make her unique but I like the way she sees life even with all the evil around her.

Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan from the TV show Bones.

She is brilliant and wonderful. I love how she sees life from her point of view, I relate to her too much, lol. She sees life as facts but also, love and friendship and she has no judgment on how people are.

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Katniss is such a real girl that been thrown into the unusual situation. No magical powers just a few abilities, tons of inner strength and a strong will to survive. She fights hard for what is right and very loyal to her friends.

Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas’s.

I have only started to read the first book, not long ago but I already fell in love with her. Celaena is such a strong female protagonists with mad skills. I love her character and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books.

Veronica Mars from the TV show Veronica Mars.

I really love her attitude in the show. No matter how bleak things may come, she finds a way to smile and overcome them. She is strong and determined to find the truth.

Anne Frank.

Don’t think I need to explain this little girl and why she is so strong and amazing.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Jane may look uncaring but she is full of love and determination to be what she wants. To be free and to build her future the way she wants, no matter how others may see her.

Beatrice Prior from the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.

Beatrice wants to change her fate and is willing to do a lot to achieve it and she is such an inspiration for that. She fights hard for what she wants and I loved seeing her grow. She, like other heroines I love so much, is fearlessness and strong and has a good sense of what is really right.

So this is my list, have you read any of these books? What heroines would you choose for this week? Feel free to write in the comments below 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤
Galit

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Book Update

 If you missed my post about my book update I had done before, you can click here.

I keep pushing this post further down my draft folder (don’t know why), but I thought it was time to write this post, as I do have lots of changes and I did tons of work.

Word count so far: 60,000 words, give or take a few (not counting yesterday and today). I love to round up my writing, no real reason to do so, but I like it.

Pages: 250 pages.

OK! Let’s dive into the book (a bit):

I promise to keep this short 🙂

As I said in my first my post (link under the picture), my book is set in a futuristic world very similar to ours. It’s a cross of Science Fiction, Dystopian and a bit of romance.

I am now at a point in my story where my Hero has had his Fun & Games (It’s a beat from save the cat) and is now deep in the Midpoint beat.

At this point, Jack (my main character) is tormented by many imaginary and real sights while fighting to breathe due to the lack of good breathable air. This pushes him close to death, without him even knowing why. Without getting into specifics, that I can’t write here (sorry), I can say that this takes its toll on him and from here on out there is a very visible transformation that occurs.

Here Jack will feel a lot of anger, loss, and confusion, but that’s ok. This will help him grow as a person and gain the strength he needs in order to fight his enemies (in Act 3).

Because there are two major plots in this story, that are running alongside each other throughout the story, there are a few bad guys here, but there is that one guy who makes the leap and becomes more horrible and motivated than the others.

In this midpoint of the story, Jack will soon find new friends while trying to find his old ones.

The bit of romance (<3) I have in my story will start to unfold, and Jack will struggle with it, a lot!

I love writing this story…

I love how the story keeps me more excited about what comes next. I know it sounds funny as I am the storyteller, but there are some details that I don’t know, even though I have outlined my story, sometimes my characters do surprise me and the story goes on a side road for a bit. I love it when it happens because this way I get to know more about my characters and their world through their eyes and their appearance.

I had a few struggles with the story…

At first, I had a bit of a struggle combining the major plot lines together smoothly.

At first, I had like 2 stories, lol, that should work together, but they didn’t. It took me awhile to understand where is the right line to mash them together.

Now, my major struggle is showing my antagonist (villain) the way I see him in my head. So to solve that I am building him from the ground up, lol, I’ve created a folder that is just about him 😀 There in notes, I put all the details I can think of so I will know him as I know myself.

I don’t know if this sounds crazy or not, but it helps me a lot.

If you have any suggestions for a great antagonist, please share them in the comments, I would love to know your thoughts on this 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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January Update

I really wanted to do a small recap of January so far, as we are in the middle of the month.

This month is shaping up to be a major month of changes for me. This is the month I step outside of my solitary shell as a writer and slowly transform into a more determined and more professional writer.

Writing

So far I wrote 18 pages to my story, well I wrote 20 but deleted 4 then added 2 new ones, lol, too much math?

I get very much inspired by own determination, as I see myself stepping out and overcoming my greatest fear in regards to this business of being an author someday. I am sure you guessed it by now it is my picture. The moment I shared it, everything opened, No more fear! Well that’s not true, lol, I still have fears, but not on the subject where people know who I am. Now that I am “out there” more, much more than before, it has become easier for me to write.

I am looking for a better space for me to write, that will be only for that, nothing more. That way, whenever I see that place I’ll know it’s just for writing, like a trigger. I know many authors I love, have that and I think it will aid me as well and push me even more in my writing.

My plan for the next two weeks is to push myself a bit more and write about 50 more pages. It can be a lot with all I need to do, but I really want to do this so sacrifices will have to be made.

  • My plan for the next few months is to combine my writing with my editing. It means that I want to edit one of the books I wrote already called The Adventures Of Biloby The Wizard. I just need to see how to do them both 😀

My Author Platform and social media

For me this is the hard part, I wish I had the budget to hire someone to do that for me, lol, but I can’t.

I am learning and researching a lot. Tons of notes have already started to pile up in my social media folder, that I really need to sort, lol. I am looking not only on how they (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest…) work but also on how I can use them for my needs and what else I need as a writer and as a future author (hopefully).

This research even helps me to be more social with my wonderful readers and get to know them better ❤

My Blog

No major change here, I am still posting at the same rate, but in the coming weeks, I am planning to post more 🙂

I want to try harder to stay in touch with my readers.

Sugar and processed food free January

In this, I am doing very well 😀

It’s hard but I am very determined to stick with it. It’s harder than I thought as a lot of foods contains sugar (much more than I thought). It makes my life a bit, well let’s be honest a lot, harder! Everything has sugar in it, lol, even smoked salmon that I looove, I wanted to buy some today but the second ingredient in it was sugar… why? Oh well.

Reading

Sadly, none. I don’t know how to fit it in with everything else, but I am thinking about it.

At the start of the January I finished 2 books, but since then I haven’t read at all.

 

That is all for my update, hope you are having a great weekend and you are all resting well.

 

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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Do You Wanna Know More?

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If you clicked it means you must want to know more about me, well since I already started sharing in the new posts of Me and The TMI Tag (just click to see them), I might as well share more 😀

If you followed me for a while now and happened to click on my Instagram, you must have seen the other world I live in. My gaming world, which I share with hubby

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I love gaming for so many reasons, too many to count, lol, but I am sharing this with you so you’ll know more about my inspirations. Guild Wars 2, is the game I play the most and it’s a beautifully made game, with the characters building, their own story and how they fit in this world and the struggles they must go through to grow to better fighters.

I play with hubby ❤ and I play during the day for an hour, if I have the time. This game is not like others, as it is a MMORPG game (Massive multiplayer online role-playing game) and not like Skyrim or portal where you play by yourself, in gw2 you play with others from all over the world.

I have about 8 characters at level 80 which is the highest level you can reach, but the game is not stopping when you reach level 80, as they always bring out new updates 🙂

So why am I telling you all this, in a writer’s blog?

Well, for me gaming is sort of like going out to clear your head, or when you go to Pinterest to look at boards that inspire you. During NaNoWriMo, I’ve made a new character (Jack’s friend) just like in the idea I had of her. I gave her the characteristics I knew already, along with new special powers that I could imitate rather closely from the book.

I built the story in the game as I build it in my notes (background story) and blasted the volume so I could sense all that was around her. How her voice sounded when she was talking, happy, sad, scared.

Just like images on the web, Pinterest or others, helps visualize the world I’m building and my characters better, I can do that as well in my gaming, only in the game I can also see/hear/feel more details and I can describe them better in my writing. As writers go out to a coffee place and hear people talk, I sometimes Just stand where there are a lot of gamers, and just write notes and things that inspire me, from what they say or how they act.

BTW, I even have a book as a weapon to one of my characters, how cool is that.

The only problem with gaming is that I want to play it a lot, lol, which I used to do. Now I play mostly in the evening with hubby after dinner, but not every day as we are both too tired or have other things to do.

Well, that is it, for now, Hope it wasn’t too long or too boring for you.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

After a few of you asked me for more details on my current book I am writing, I thought it was best to give you a little update. I decided to make this Book Update as part of a series and I will post a short update every 2 weeks, so slowly you will get more details about my book (hope you will like it).

This book has come a long way from a small NaNoWriMo project (and a new Sci-Fi genre for me) to a real book that I love so much, it was like having a ‘Eureka’ moment, lol. I am now at a climax point in my story. My hero just reached the point of no return, where my hero will have to battle against his own friends and a bad guy in order to survive and save “the world”.

So let’s get into it!

My book is set in a world similar to ours, with a few changes (changes I’ve made so it would fit better to the world I’ve envisioned). It’s a cross of Science Fiction, Dystopian and a bit of love.

From the beginning, this book has two major plots running simultaneously. My protagonist and his friends spent most of their time trying to defend themselves or to escape, while my hero finds out about his special abilities that someday will help him save “the world”.

When I’ve initially planned this novel out, I had a bit of a hard time outlining all the details for such an action-packed novel, but slowly the details settled in nicely and I could see a better picture of both plots and all the subplots that affect Jack (my hero) in his journey.

Jack has a big goal in mind, which will be far beyond his own survival. He was forced into a situation he didn’t expect and even tried to get out off, until he knew there is no other way except to fight his way out of death and even save as many people, in need, as he can.

Without getting into too many specifics, let’s just say that my main character (and his friends) will be running from death a lot while trying to save themselves and others while trying to stop the law organization that kills hundreds of people in the name of freedom and future survival.

Bit by bit Jack will learn more about his abilities and how he got them, he will seek the help of the scientists who started this project.

Will he get there in time? Are they even still living? Can he really stop the big law organization?

That’s it for now. I really have to stop here before I reveal too much, at least until the next update 😉

Thank you so much for reading ❤

A Quote, A Line…

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She fought well for such a young age. I was actually rooting for her to succeed and survive. But I won.

This is a line that I love from something I wote a while back. Found it yesterday in one of my folders.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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I’ll Give You A Hint…

 

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I thought that for my first post of 2015 I’ll write about something I wanted to share for a few weeks and that is, Foreshadowing.

Foreshadowing, if someone doesn’t know is a hint, a warning or an indication of a future event. Foreshadowing or guessing ahead is a literary device by which an author hints of things to come later in the plot. It’s also used to build suspense, anticipation or anxiety in the reader, which will make the reader more engaged with the story.

In the book I am currently writing, I’ve experienced a bit of a hard time placing hints and clues of things to come. I think it’s mostly because this genre (Sci/Fi) is new to me, but also it might be due to the fact that I am always guessing what will be later on in a story (in books, movies, TV…), So I try to make it as hard as possible, but then I go back and realize that not everyone is like me, lol. So I go back and rewrite a few thing, but then the clues are just too easy, lol.

I realized that there is a fine line between writing too many hints and very little, but after a bit of practice I think I figured things out and I wanted to share them with you:

1. In my outline or my notes, I highlight all the key points where my characters do or see something or meet someone for the first time and I know this will be something bigger, that will be revealed later on in the story.

2. Look at authors who you might think do this well and take notes. It helps to learn from people who done it and done it well. See how the author puts the clues through dialog, detailed scene or even a smaller hint than that.

3. I’ve learned that a simple comment a character makes to another character, suddenly creates (for me as a writer) new possibilities of future events that I could write and didn’t see before. So when you write, try to listen well to what the characters say, and also to how they say it.

4. There are true and false hints:

Example for a true hint: The character saw strange blue twinkling lights in the distance… He sees the lights again in the classroom… later on, he finds out that he has the power to see ghosts. Just an example, lol. The sight mentally prepare the reader for any option you might put later in the story and it wouldn’t be unbelievable.

Example for a false hint: If we take the example from before. The character sees the lights in the distance, he looks at it and wonders what they are, another character suggests the option of ghosts and later in the story… well, that is it. Not exactly, lol. This will distract the reader, and later on, the reader might learn that the character indeed has special powers, but not what he thought before.

5. Do not bombard the story with hints and clues, try to keep it simple and put only what you think will truly be beneficial for your plot. Do not use it so often, the reader will get used to hunt those clues and will get bored with the story (trust me, I know). So remember less = more.

6. I also use foreshadowing as means to jump-start my own creative flow, just as I start writing the story, sort of like a prologue (don’t worry, lol, no prologues). I know this will be written only for me and will not enter the book, but it does help me to see a better picture of the story as a whole.

Here is a nice short article about this, hope you like it 🙂

Wow, sorry for the long post, hope it wasn’t tedious for you.

Do you use foreshadowing in your own writing? If so, what elements do you use to show it?

Don’t forget to share your tips below.

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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