This is a theoretical experiment of sorts, before you roll your eyes at such nonsense. I had this idea brewing in my head for a while, after reading Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, and McDonald's The Golden Theme. The idea of foreshadowing took on a new aspect for me: it seemed what Steinbeck did wasn't so much foreshadowing as it was writing and rewriting and rewriting the same scene of a man losing his companion. Why? To get his point across. What was his point? The theme of his book: People need companionship. And why would he repeat it? To drill it into the readers' heads. Why? Well, because we're stubborn and learn best by repetition.
Now, I'm exaggerating and generalizing a little here. Not every novel is exactly 60 scenes, but it's a good round number and it's roughly how many scenes books have. Open a novel and count (I counted mine today, and TUBE came to 58 scenes). If you apply one single scene to all major plot-point scenes—I use the Hero's Journey terminology so for me it's Ordinary World, Call, Refusal, Mentor, Crossing, Tests, Approach, Ordeal, Reward, Road Back, Resurrection, and Return (for you it might be Hook, Inciting Incident, Plot Point One, etc.), then also apply it to the scenes leading up to those plot-point scenes (have characters talk about what's about to happen) and leading from them (have characters talk about what happened) you're taking about 60-65% of your book. The rest are connecting scenes that can be faint reflections of that one single scene.Read More