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Present tense narrative can work powerfully with flashbacks. What I consider to be one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century is Robert Cormier's 'Heroes'. It continually swaps between the present tense narrative and flashbacks to the past. The climax of the novel is the meeting of the two. To tell his story he needed the past and he needed the ...


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Writing for flashbacks is perfectly fine, as is the case in movies referenced by Lauren Ipsum's comment. Sometimes setting the scene is effective by setting a tone or expectation in the present or perhaps even just as a hook for the reader/viewer. An important point to consider might be, given the entire romance is in the past, is to make it seem as a story ...


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In a typical romance, the usual conflict is that something is keeping the lovers apart. It could be family, competing obligations, character flaws in the lovers, initial distaste for each other, cultural views of who is allowed to love whom, natural disasters, or any other conditions or events that keep them apart. The story is usually about how the lovers ...



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