As I missed yesterday’s blog post, I thought I would share a reblog. Enjoy 😊
Tip 1: make it clear the character is going back in time.
Give the character a trigger – he sees an object, smells a scent, or experiences an action.
For stories written in past tense, use past perfect tense a few times when entering the flashback. Once in, switch to past tense until near the end of the flashback, then switch to past perfect a few times. After leaving the flashback, return to past tense. (Limits cumbersome past perfect.)
For stories written in present tense, use the simple past in the flashback.
Tip 2: Write the flashback so it:
*Serves a purpose – shows what shaped characters into who they are now or shows past story world.
*Engages the reader.
*Is limited to key moments.
Tip 3: Write ending sentences that transition the reader and character from the flashback.
*Use another trigger – abrupt or easing.
*Change verb tense…
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