Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Carol Bly on flashbacks

"By the time we've done a full first draft, we know what the story will be about so there is no need to weaken its chronology by starting somewhere later than its first event. It is wise to think of the backflash as a structure weakener: you can do more of it if other elements are especially strong. If you do too much of it, you have amateurish, self-centered literature."

-Carol Bly, The Passionate, Accurate Story (1990)

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