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When the Character Doesn’t Want to Go Back

Author– As their swords collide and the battle reaches its climax . .. FLASHBACK! Hero–  Wait!  What are you doing? Author–  Perfect time for a flashback. Hero–  No!  It’s a terrible time. Villain–  Let’s hear him out. Hero–  Shut up.  … Continue reading

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7 Tips to Using Flashbacks and Not Lose the Audience

Flashbacks are popular.  They’re also misused all the time because people think they can be dropped in whenever they want.  It’s like having a smooth ride and then throwing a cardboard box in the way.  Sure, you might run it … Continue reading

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Flashbacks: Fun with Timeline Tampering

I don’t use flashbacks because they never really worked for Third-Person Present tense writing.  At least in my mind.  If I’m showing what’s going on now then jumping into the past can make things confusing.  Of course, I have an … Continue reading

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Present Tense Tips: Use At Own Risk

I have to say that the above scene from Spaceballs is very close to how some people have reacted to present tense writing.  I know this is a topic I beat to death, but it’s my style and I take … Continue reading

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