Flashbacks and Flashforwards?
Plunge your protagonist deep into trouble from the off, mess him up sideways from every angle, and don’t give him a whiff of relief. How does he respond? And more importantly, why does he respond the way he does? Herein lies the value of well-worked flashbacks and its lesser-spotted cousin, the flashforward.
Books (and movies) that kick-off with some version of “Once upon a time” put me to sleep instantly; unless, of course, it’s a movie featuring a green ogre with a Scottish accent, and you know he’s irreverently going to tear strips off every fairytale you know. And there’s only one book that can start with the words, “In the beginning…” So unless you’re writing Holy Text, steer clear.Read More