Flashbacks Are BAD (Unless They’re Good)

Here’s a great post from Dan Alatorre on the use of flashbacks

Dan Alatorre

coverUsing my unreleased manuscript An Angel On Her Shoulder, I am showing you my techniques for reworking a story into a more readable, more enjoyable piece. It’s 45+ lessons in about 31 days. (To start at Chapter 1, click HERE.)

To view it best, bring up the two versions in different windows and see them side by side and see what was changed.

Then give me your thoughts in the comment section.


according to whoever “they” are – the literary rule makers of the day – should never be used.



A great American novel like Catch-22 used a TON of flashbacks. And it’s a classic! We had to read it in school and everything!

Pulp Fiction, a terrific movie, used flashbacks. (I’m not sure the writing rules apply to movies, though.)

So, what do you do?

You can get away with those bad…

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