- As much as possible, keep your reader in the present time of your story. Flashbacks stop the action.
- Keep your flashback brief
- Insert the flashback at the proper place. I must tell my readers that I won the lottery before they will be interested to know where I bought the ticket.
- Try this test on every flashback:
- Did you use it only after you had exhausted every possible means of telling your story in strict chronological order?
- Did you eliminate most of the past perfect tense? Or at least limit it to the first few sentences?
- Did you get rid of every unnecessary word even though it hurt to cut and revise?
- Did you avoid playing hide and seek with the basic information?