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« on: August 01, 2007, 09:37:52 am »

I've got around this by using a prologue set something liek ninety years before the 'relevant events' - the time when things start hotting up. The prologue is really The Beginning - it's where the main character discovers something that leads to the rest of the book'sevents. But in that ninety year gap, there isn't much going on, so I skip it. I am going to have to make use of flashbacks, but I think that when used right it can be a useful way of building tension - and also only giving the reader the full story in little bits, stringing them along. The events don't necessarily become irrelevant, they almost stand out more. I wouln't use a flashback for any other reason except fo very relevant scenes that occur with awkward timing - in the example of SaC, in the ninety-year calm where not much interesting happens but for these few things.
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