So my current work in progress has a flashback in the second chapter. In the flashback it's important that I introduce about 6 characters (only one of whom is mentioned in the first chapter) in a very short space. I'm running into a bit of a problem in that I'm tending to bog down the flow of the story with a format like:
Wagner was a man who did this, looked like such and had prolems with so and so.
Brady was that boy that Kate liked.
David was the boy that liked Kate.
Terra was Kate's friend.
Seamus liked Terra and got picked on by Cole.
Adolph builds a bonfire and Sasha plays with it...
For the sake of the story it's important that I introduce each character at this point. So my question is, how (if at all) do you deal with this kind of problem in your writing?
I can see a few options at the present.
1. I could twist things around so that l dump a bunch of names on the reader in the first page or so of the chapter and then gradually introduce the characters as their roles become more significant.
2. Some authors tend to group characters together - referring to them in groups through the story. That way of the reader doesn't catch on to specifics, he or she will at least recognise the characters as part of a group with similar traits.
3. Cut out characters all together. This unfortunately would severely affect the story I want to tell - as least as I see it at this point. I'd like to avoid this opition if I could.