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    I Hate Flashbacks

    by I hate flashbacks in fiction. I’m not saying don’t ever use them. I’m not even saying I don’t ever use them. But where they exist, they should: Be really, really short. Be really, really interesting. Actually move the main plot forward. The problem is, nearly all flashbacks fail on one or more of these. More likely, they: Are very intrusive and tend to throw me out of the story. Serve to insert some “clever” bit of worldbuilding or backstory that would serve the actual story better by being included in more “current” events. Take up far more narrative space than what they’re adding warrants. Interrupt the flow of the…