Concerning flashbacks, you nailed the two key faults, Kristen Lamb:
1. Break the forward timeline.
2. Make the reader have to reorient to a new time/goal.
A flashback that’s not gulity of these two should be reasonably successful.
An antagonist is the yin to the protagonist’s yang.
Some of my readers thought of my antagonist as being the true protagonist, because he goes through the journey of redemption (ie Darth back to Anakin), whereas my protagonist is a hero from beginning to end.
A true villain would never be interpreted as an alternate protagonist.
Yesterday’s post stirred quite the debate and flurry of panic attacks, so today, we will delve a bit further into Le Mystique of Le Flashback. First of all, for future reference, I need to ignore all Facebook comments that begin with, “I haven’t read your post, but completely disagree…” Er? Ok. Here’s the thing. I play dictator on my blog, because it’s my blog and it’s FUN.
I’m a realist and I KNOW there is some writer out there who has broken every rule there is. But, bringing up every last exception is a confusing way to teach and a fabulous way to make your heads explode.
It’s like the “I before E Except After C (except for when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor) Rule.”
If I give you guys the BASICS and explain WHY editors, agents…
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