Creativing Writing Tip: How to Utilize the Strengths of the Flashback Scene

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

Today, I’d like to continue our discussion about flashbacks. In particular: when you decide to use one, how can you minimize its disruptive nature? How can you best make it flow with the story and least throw off your pacing?

Flashbacks aren’t always your best option, but sometimes they can really work wonderfully. I have used at least one flashback in each of my published novels (and there’s one in my unpublished first horror of a novel too) 🙂

Thinking about how to make a flashback effective, these are the tips the grad student in me came up with:


Novels are art. Fiction is art. Therefore, you can be as artistic and symbolic with the placement of a flashback scene as you want to be. You can juxtapose two opposing concepts through the real-time situation and the content of the…

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