Do you struggle with weaving flashback seamlessly into your stories?
The dreaded flashback--friend or foe to authors (and readers)?
Used skillfully, flashbacks offer a rich and vivid way to weave in essential backstory and add depth and texture to a story. But clumsily executed ones can be an eyeball-stopping intrusion into momentum that yanks readers right out of it.
Learn exactly what flashbacks are—and aren’t—in this in-depth course with career editor Tiffany Yates Martin, and how to incorporate them smoothly and effectively to more richly develop your characters and their arcs; heighten stakes; and deepen readers’ experience of your story.
Using examples from published novels and other media, we’ll look at what makes a flashback essential, and how good ones can add meaning and impact to the main story. You’ll learn the difference between flashback and other types of backstory, and how to assess whether and when flashbacks serve your story best—as well as how to draw readers smoothly and organically into and out of them without the “cheese factor” equivalent of an old-movie dissolve.