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Using Flashbacks in Dee Saves the Program

February 20, 2013
Posted at 8:45 am

This volume in Dee's adventures presents a challenge to both me (the writer)and you, the readers.

Because I am attempting to wrap up Dee's high school career I am resorting to flashbacks. My intention is to have each chapter begin and probably end with a continuous "Now," which is set near the end of Dee's senior year. The flashbacks will appear within the "Now." Two parts of "Now" will be a single scene, as will the flashback.

For example, in Chapter 3, "Now" is set in Dee's bedroom in her new home, a sexy interlude with John and Alice. In the middle, reacting to a question from Alice, Dee's flashback recalls an incident out of her freshman year which gives Dee a chance to enjoy a romp with Detective Maria Sanchez and establish some plot lines pertaining to the theme of the book, saving The Program. John and Alice are NOT aware of Dee's musings -- call it a daydream, if you prefer -- which she doesn't share with them.

I'm doing this to avoid an endless drone along the lines of "and then I did this, and then I did that" and to avoid the book going along for damn-near ever. Flashbacks give me the opportunity to touch on the high points and keep things moving and interesting and provide opportunities for some hot sex.

For you readers -- the flashbacks are separated from the "Now" by bars. First bar marks the beginning of the flashback, second bar marks the end of the flashback and the return to "Now." I will do my best to keep you informed as to "when" you are as you read. It isn't easy.

I try to make the switches at a good time -- for example, I don't want her jumping back in her memories in the middle of a sex scene or an orgasm.

I am also going to try to have the flashbacks follow in chronological order. In theory you could string the flashbacks together and follow the storyline. However, there may be large chronological gaps at some points -- a flashback from her freshman year in one chapter, in the next a flashback from her sophomore or even junior year, and I may not be able to strictly adhere to this concept, so no guarantees this will hold.

This is a real writing challenge, so the chapters may take longer to write. I beg your patience.