To Flashback, or Not to Flashback — That is the Question by Rebecca Heflin

548149If you follow Kristen Lamb’s blog, you’ve probably been reading her excellent posts on flashbacks, and if you don’t follow her blog, you should definitely tap into this goldmine of all things writerly. Lamb doesn’t care for the blanket term “flashback” because that calls to mind her idea of the “training wheels flashback,” a crutch that is often used by newbie authors. But to keep things simple in this blog post, I’ll just refer to them in their generic term, flashbacks.

To a certain extent, I agree with her observations on flashbacks. But, like any writing rule, some are made to be broken, especially if the author does it well. Take Kristan Higgins (love her!). She always includes a chapter-long flashback in her books. I enjoy her flashbacks. They serve a definite purpose — to reveal whatever emotional trauma the hero and heroine has been through that makes him…

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About NevaBrown

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of writing romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website; . Neva lived on West Texas ranches most of her life and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at
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