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Day 31


Welcome to Day 31 of Hooked on Writing, your free online writing course. This online workbook will help you create a writing habit in 31 days.

Flashback

Aim:

Write a flashback that matters. Readers don’t like reading flashbacks, so make sure you need it.

How:

You should only use a flashback if it adds to your story. If you can get away with telling the scene in a dialogue exchange or a short diary entry, rather do that.

A flashback is essentially a memory. This is a good way of testing how you write it.

Start with one of these phrases: Five years ago, we…; When I was a teenager…; My father used to….

Keep it short and sharp. A memory only lasts a few seconds. The flashback should not really be longer than the memory.

Write a short scene that shows this flashback. Use the senses. Include setting details and dialogue if important.

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Result:

You have used the flashback:

  1. To show a character’s motivations.
  2. To fill in an important piece of the puzzle.
  3. When something happened long ago and there is simply no other way to include it.

At Night

Use your writing journal here. Write ‘At Night’ at the top of a clean page. Free write or expand on the exercise you’ve completed today. (If you want to buy the downloadable workbook, which includes space for these exercises, you can get it in our store for only $20.)

 

 

‘Human beings love stories because they safely show us beginnings, middles and ends.’ – A. S. Byatt

It’s Over

When you are finished with this course, use the same time every day to write your story.

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