I was originally going to follow my Hero’s Journey article with the Heroine’s Journey. However, I’m currently working on Stephanie Walden’s manuscript, The Secret Dancer, and one of her prominent storytelling techniques is flashbacks.
Flashbacks seem to be one of those things people either love or hate. Problematic flashbacks include ones that:
- Disrupt the flow of the narrative
- Deflate story tension and pace
- Are used for exposition (aka. Info Dumps)
- Explain – or justify – character motivation.
These are just a few examples, but they are fairly prevalent.