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If a story is written in first person, then should a flashback also be written in first?

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  • 1 month ago

    POV can be the same individual or a different one, author's choice.  Just make sure the POV is alive (or an explainable in context ghost) during flashback.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It is entirely up to you. It may be convenient for a narrator to take up the story at that point, First Person can be limiting as realistically you can only show everything from their viewpoint and they can't readily know what someone else was doing or thinking.

  • 1 month ago

    Yes, and in the same verb tense as well, with a sentence leading the reader back in time and returning them to the story's present. ("Helen vividly remembered the summer it happened..." and "But that was ancient history. Right now she had to pick Claire up at school.")

    I'm assuming that your flashback is occurring to the same character who is your first person narrator. If that's not the case, then you can change person to account for the different point of view, and it can even help an inattentive reader keep it straight who's who.

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