Dreams, Prophecies, Visions, Hallucinations, Memories and False Memories

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As a long narrative beginning in media res (in the midst of things,) Clotho’s Loom required several different techniques for exposition (the usual being an ignorant character who asks questions in order to be caught up on the action, thus bringing the reader up to speed as well.)  Furthermore, I needed my characters to be able to see glimpses of the future (or possible futures, based on choices) or even perspectives outside of their own.

Early on I posted on the topic of surreality.  It follows then, that the techniques employed for visions, nightmares, and other kinds of access to the subconscious would require a prose quality that can be long/rambling, or short/fragmentary, or both, and always illogical and appealing more to the senses than the intellect.  And of course, filled with symbols.  In the illustration above, multi-tiered meaning is expressed visually.  I chose an oasis, since much of the novel takes place in a desert landscape–perfect for hallucinations.

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