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So, I'm wanting to write a story that (hopefully) uses flashbacks throughout. If any of you have ever watched Lost, then that's the type of flashbacks I mean. Sort of dropped within a chapter at relevant points to further explain the backstory and such. Of course Lost is a TV show, so it's much easier to understand what the flashbacks are because it's visual. I'm just worried that it could potentially become far too confusing for the reader and they will find it hard to keep up with.
I've thought about maybe doing one chapter present and one chapter flashback and alternate between the two throughout, but again, I'm not sure how well it would work and it seems like it could get stale.
During college, when we had to write our coursework, a friend of mine actually used flashbacks by separating them with * much like * is used to show a change of setting/time. But this was a short story that he wrote, therefore I'm not really sure how well it would work on a larger scale with a more complicated plot, more characters, etc.
Any advice or suggestions anyone has in regards to including flashbacks would be great.
I'm hesitant (more reluctant if I'm being honest) to remove them completely, since what happened in the past is planned to be important to the plot. But I am willing to hear any suggestions about how to incorporate flashback-type sequences into the story if it sounds like actual flashbacks could become too confusing.