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Have you thought about giving Prince Reuben a companion, such as an older "Sergeant of the Guard," who's been behaving like the prince's adviser since the lad's been a teen? The "Man-At-Arms" has been acting as a combination bodyguard, teacher, and foster-father; rather than bowing and scraping like some sycophantic subordinate "Squire." When something ...


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I think we should distinguish between what I would call a personality flashback and a plot flashback. A plot flashback occurs when, for whatever reason, the narrative begins after the events of the story begin. A personality flashback occurs when there is an aspect of a character's personality that is best revealed through an anecdote from their past ...


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Interesting question. Here's my take: Dialogue "So in ninety-one, I was following the Grateful Dead around the country. I swear, the last two minutes of 'Black-Throated Wind' from that MSG show was one of the highlights of human history." Third-person omniscient information dump Fans of the musical band the Grateful Dead widely regard their show from ...


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In the example, it seems as if the narrator is lying awake at midnight thinking about the day gone by. If so, this is not quite a flashback—you're describing your character's thoughts in the present. The choice between "It is midnight" and "It was midnight" is about whether you want to write the body of your story in present tense or past tense. Either is ...


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This is an interesting question. However, there's one thing confusing me. As far as I can tell, if I were to read a flashback, I would prefer reading one in the past tense because when talking about flashbacks you're actually talking about a sudden incident where you're in a current situation and something triggered a past memory, hence triggering a ...


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I feel both are confusing in terms of tense and of content. 1) Is it midnight in real time? 2) Is it morning in the dream, in past tense reality, or both? 3) Did you just awaken from the dream, or are you obsessing about the past? 4) Speaking of which, did the laughing students happen in the real world? I turned my head. This time the clock read 12:05; ...


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You're asking whether to write flashbacks in past tense or present tense. Seems to me using past tense makes the most sense. In fact, your whole story can be past tense, as long as you're clear about what is flashback and what is current time. But really, it's not the tense you're writing in that makes an impact on the reader. Writing a great story with ...



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