The Writers Circle: Flashbacks

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

How/when/why do you choose to include a flashback or to otherwise present scenes out of standard chronological order in your book? Do you make a conscious choice because you feel it promotes the plot, or is it an organic decision that suits your story better than another device? Do you choose to never use this device?  Share your strategies, tips and tricks in the comments below or in the forums.