Signposts for Fiction:
CONTRASTS & CONTRADICTIONS: When a character does something that contrasts with what you’d expect or contradicts their earlier acts or statements.
ASK: Why is the character doing that?
AHA MOMENT: When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something.
ASK: How might this change things?
TOUGH QUESTIONS: When the character faces or stops and asks themselves a very difficult question.
ASK: What does this question make ME wonder about?
WORDS OF THE WISER: When an older or wiser character attempts to teach a younger or less-experienced character a life lesson.
ASK: What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?
AGAIN & AGAIN: When a word, phrase, or situation is mentioned over and over.
ASK: Why does this keep happening or coming up again and again?
MEMORY MOMENT: When the author interrupts the action to tell you about a memory.
ASK: Why might this memory be important?