How to Use Flashbacks in Your Writing

by Jane Sumerset - Date: 2010-01-20 - Word Count: 496 Share This!

Most writers, both beginners and experts, often use flashbacks in the beginning of their writings. This is very useful in order to set up the plot of their content in an easier way. An appropriate use of flashbacks in your writing is effective since it let's your readers visualize the past scenario that is relevant to the topic that you are writing.

Also, there are a lot of lessons that we can get through writing those previous experience or story of someone or something in the past. Usually, this can be done in the prologue part and if you had wrote it properly, it can stimulate the minds of your readers in a very distinct way and to encourage them to read further your passage or story since you already catches their attention.

Flashbacks are scenes that had happened in the past and which brings significant information back to the present. This is a helpful way in order for your readers to understand the characters, the scene or the subject better as they read along your script. However, the writer must carefully use flashbacks in a way to enhance the story and to pass along the information clearly.

There are times where the character of the story uses a flashback in order to describe the memories of a certain event that had happened before you start your story. It also compares the past and the present situations without going any further details and without losing any impact about the current event of the story.

When you highlight a particular personality, product or other subjects in your writing, it's not uncommon to find the use of flashbacks a helpful tool. Consisting of scenes, events or quotes from the past, flashbacks can bring to light important ideas that can either set up the topic or clarify lingering questions.

There are many ways of presenting past details that may not require using flashbacks. In fact, many writers avoid them due to inherent pitfalls that include breaking pace and confusing readers, when not employed correctly.

Starting With A Flashback

Flashbacks are frequently used to start a piece, bringing the reader information that lets them sneak a peek into the back-story behind a subject. You'll find this technique used to great effect when introducing subjects that is not as well-known to the works' target readers.

Reminding The Reader

Another way to use a flashback is to remind the reader of items that have already been divulged but you fear might be overlooked during the course of the piece. This is common in longer works, where plenty of information gets discussed all through its length.

Grammar Considerations

When using flashbacks, make sure to stay faithful to your verb tenses or, at the least, employ a writing software to ensure that you do. If you use present tense verbs for present actions, you will need to switch to simple past verb tenses for the flashback; if you use simple past verbs for your piece, your flashbacks need to be written in past perfect tense.

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