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What is a 'flashback'? Think of a flash of light illuminating a scene from the past and you've got it.
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So in just a few lines we've filled in the background and set the scene for trouble ahead.
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With flashbacks the reader needs to be taken into it so that they know it is an event in the past and when it's over taken out of it again and back into the present.
This is most easily done by the character remembering some event as we saw with Becky above. Perhaps we could say:
"Becky was excited that she had been able to secure this job. It was just what she wanted. Now she could begin to fulfil the potential she knew she had in her. A movement caught her eye and she gazed out of the window still in a state of happy euphoria.
As her eyes focussed she sat bolt upright with shock. The man getting into his car - it couldn't be could it? But yes, it was. It was Graham. Her Graham."
Similarly after the flashback, bring the action back to the present.
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After using a flashback it's good to introduce the next bit of action. In the example I've given the action might be Becky getting her assignment. Maybe it wasn't the kind of assignment she was expecting and she reacts to that.
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