The 5 Rules of Writing Effective Flashbacks.
A flashback in a story is when the author starts to tell about something and it triggers a memory. The author will then tell readers what happened during the flashback memory.
The plan for my story: Chapter 1 ends with a cliffhanger that causes my audience to want to find out about what happened in the past, Chapter 2 continues the present story (ignoring the past) and ends with a cliffhanger that causes my audience to want to find out what happens next in the present, Chapter 3 reveals what happened in the past (ignoring the present), then Chapter 4 continues off.
Flashback methods. First, how do we properly introduce flashbacks? The classic technique is to present them as if the character is remembering a previous experience. Here, the flashback should occur as part of a chapter set in the present, with points of transition at the beginning and end.
Write the first paragraph or the first few sentences of your flashback or long passage in past present tense. Then, slip into simple past tense for most of your flashback. I usually start a new paragraph before I go into the simple past tense, rather than mixing two tenses in a paragraph, but this is a stylistic choice, and it may depend on what you’re writing about and even on the rhythm of.
How to Handle Flashbacks In Writing Flashbacks in writing are simply scenes from the past. If a story begins at Point A and finishes some time later at Point Z, a flashback is a scene that happened before Point A. Usually many years before.
How to Enter and Exit a Flashback Nearly all stories use that classic story element, the flashback. It’s often a good idea for pacing to allow the present action to leap ahead while allowing brief back periods of explanation or emotional depth.
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