With my crumb dropping last week, I have been thinking about the clues we leave in our novels to help our readers figure out the story along the way.
At the beginning of a novel, clues of misdirection abound. With this image, it would seem completely believable that I was in Africa on vacation as one follower suggested. (Okay, he was being facetious, but still)
Hints and reflections are all that is needed at the beginning.
We don't want to give too much away too quickly. Where would be the fun in that?
Blurs and half images also work.
Africa? Nope! Disney World! Little by little laying out the facts and details of the story so that at the end it is completely obvious what is happening--where the story is going and what has happened. At the end there is no more need for ruse or deception.