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tooeviltoknow
March 21st, 2005, 07:07 PM
Ok, so here's the thing, I've been doing some research for the third part of my story but right now what i want to know is that wheather or not I should use flashbacks and dreams to tell the story instead. So what do you guys think? Should the flashbacks and dreams be the main attraction or not?

P.S. Here's the link to my stories if you haven't read them yet.
Part one
http://sffworld.com/community/story/255p0.html
Part two
http://sffworld.com/community/story/300p0.html

choppy
March 22nd, 2005, 11:24 AM
Here's a gut reaction.

As soon as I learn a story has a dream sequence, I close it (unless I'm reading it as some sort of favour). The reason I don't like dreams is because they remove the consequences that result from the character's choices. You have a loophole to get your characters out of a tough situation - it was all a dream. As a result, I always feel let down.

Now, if it's history you want to explain, I'd go with flashbacks. Or, one technique I like to use, is to introduce a narrator and have him or her tell a portion of the story. That way the story has some characterisation itself - if that makes any sense.

Zanzibar
March 29th, 2005, 11:14 AM
I say screw the mainstream. Are you writing for yourself or to please others? If you think you can incorporate a technique like a flashback and really make it work, do it. I would never put down a story or book because I didn't like the way some of it was presented.

Dreams and flashbacks are also methods of variance. By using them you're creating a small change in the pace of the story, which can be a good thing as it's a little bit of a break while still being on track and focused.