Writer’s Toolkit: Skip flashbacks

Avoid reader fatigue when writing fiction by keeping the story real-time as much as possible and avoiding flashbacks unless they are integral to the overall plot.

Flashbacks can unintentionally occur when the author reveals something small—what the character ate after the fact for example—that plays a part in the larger story.

Keep it simple. Keep it real-time.

Your turn: What’s one flashback scene you’ve modified in your writing?

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