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July 2, 2014
Posted at 12:11 pm
 

It's called flashbacks.

Most of my readers tell me that they easily follow the flashbacks in my story. Now and then, I get an email like this:

"What the hell?
Steve goes from the jungle to playing a concert in
Kiev on the same page?
Was there some mixup?"

I know that I could indicate scenes, and times, by simply writing the scene or date in, but that seems like spoon feeding the reader. I seldom see novels that use such obvious methods. I will simply work harder to make it more obvious when I begin or end a flashback. It seems clear to me when I write it and bothers me when readers are confused, but I will not be using ***** or some other delineator to make it super obvious. Call me stubborn.