WRITING FLASHBACK TRIGGERS & TRANSITIONS
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So I finally finished with chapter 13 finishing up the chapter with 5554 words . Is that too much for one chapter? Well so I will figure the answer for that question later. With finishing up this chapter the last scene was entitled Sword of Burning Hearts. This last scene was basically a tie into the overall title of the whole chapter which if you can remember was called Dagger of Memories .
With this the overall title Dagger of Memories the reader can imply that maybe the chapter is based on a flashback . Which it is true. But the flashback does not appear until the very last scene Sword of Burning Hearts of chapter 13.
This scene is in the POV of Adrian the 2nd love interest of the main character Sirena.
Within the flashback scene of Sword of Burning hearts
Adrian will remember a deadly memory from his past about his parents and how he came to be with Cristen and his parents pack.
Creating the flashback is tricky because usually when you write a flashback you are breaking concentration and losing the pace of the main story.
To write this flashback for the last scene within my chapter 13 I used the dagger that Adrian finds within the scene to trigger his memory of the past because he has seen that dagger before .
I did this because when writing a flashback you don’t want to write and create a flashback out of nothing . So this particular trigger is used as a transition smoothly into the flashback scene .
There are two types of transitions . A jarring transition and a smooth transition and can be bought upon by an emotional or physical trigger . A trigger announces that we are about to enter a flashback as so not to lose the pace of the story. And it is a device that is used that causes the character to recall something from his past . The trigger is usually seen within the flashback revealing something hasn’t been seen yet or understood about that particular character .
I feel like in my work in progress this flashback for this scene I wrote is important to my character Adrian is because it kind of also goes in-depth into why he acts the way he acts and explains much of his actions through my story .
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WHAT TRIGGERS AND TRANSITIONS DO YOU USE TO CREATE YOUR FLASHBACKS.?
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