Insight, overview, foresight and thoughtfulness for authors

Looking for a different angle on your fiction or non-fiction? Consider the concepts of insight, monitoring, foresight, and the rear view for your fiction character’s point of view or as the angle of your non-fiction topic. They may turn out to be the unique twist you’ve been looking for.


Insight is defined as the power to look into a situation (penetration), to see the cause and effect within a particular context or the action to understand the inner nature of things (intuition). Some other synonyms for insight besides penetration and intuition include instinct, sixth sense, depth, sagacity, sageness, judgment, deduction and wisdom.

Insights can reveal themselves suddenly and unexpectedly. For example, when faced with a difficult problem or dilemma, you suddenly know exactly what the solution is. You have an epiphany or a “aha! “moment. In fiction, your character may have these regularly, giving her the reputation of being a psychic or something. Or the insight may be part of the plot where everything becomes clear to the reader, but not obvious by For non-fiction, the author can may use their personal insights on a topic or field of study to explain things to their readers, or the author may show readers how to develop their own insights and how to use their insights in their personal, work and social lives.


Supervision is defined as attentive and conscientious attention; strict supervision or management; or accidental omission or error. Synonyms for monitoring include: ignore, neglect, a weak, boss, overlook, superintend, monitor or to keep an eye on.

In fiction, your character could be a supervisor who administers slaves in the field who is a strict disciplinarian in the workplace, or a senior government official responsible for keeping the masses in line. For non-fiction, you might write articles or books on government oversight committees, ask who oversees government, discuss government regulations, or clinical oversight. Nonfiction writers could also create a supervisory system that they teach to their readers, or even show readers how to create their own supervisory protocols for their workplace or charities.


Foresight is the act of anticipating or seeing a development in advance; Prudence; or the act of looking ahead. Synonyms include: prudence, care, common sense, care, discretionary discretion, unusual perception, creative discretion, prescience, vision, good judgment, common sense, care, being farsighted or being visionary.

In fiction, your character might be a futurist (one who looks at all the current and past facts and trends to predict future events) or a religious or spiritual person who has a gift for sharp foresight. For non-fiction, writers could interview futurists about their economic and political foresight, they could offer their own foresight to any field based on their expertise, or they could teach their readers to develop their own foresight based on the facts and trends of current and past events. .


Thought can be defined as retrospect, awareness, or discernment between the nature, composition or disposition of any event that has already occurred, or the propensity to view past events as more predictable than they actually were at the time. Synonyms may include: 20/20 vision, 20/20 rearview mirror, quarterbacking Monday morning, experience, realization, knowledge, learning, looking back, memory, remembering, the knowing all-effect, memory distortion or creeping determinism.

In fiction, your character may have failed to see the characters or clues to their propensity, but in the rearview mirror now sees the failure in his or her ways, or the character may be using thoughtfulness as a means of reflection to re-examine his life. Non-fiction writers can use backlog to discuss how our memories may be defective or how they may have been influenced by our belief systems and our personal history and pre-penetration. Authors could also teach their readers how to use thoughtfulness to examine their belief systems or reflect on and re-examine their lives. Both fiction and nonfiction writers can make use of quarterbacking on Monday mornings and the know-it-all mentalities. It is even better to consider how thoughtfulness can be used to inform foresight in either your fiction or your non-fiction.