I’m at the point in my writing again..memory flashbacks of traumatic childhood events, and part of me wishes I could find a different way of dealing with the material. I often wonder whether my coverage of these issues is convincing enough.
And yet, for many people, flashbacks do occur, though perhaps not in the way presented in fast paced crime/thriller novels. Sometimes, the sections in these works seem too ordered, explaining the plot rather than inviting the reader to experience the world of the character in question.
I would imagine that a traumatised person would experience some level of confusion in recalling traumatic incidents, that they might confuse certain details and have huge gaps in memory. That specific sensory details would stick out, such as particular smells and sensations, but not an actual timing of events.
I think the key to writing about flashbacks lies in the confusion, the mixing up of timing – along with the intensity of a few select details that might develop over the course of the story and appear to echo in the character’s mind.
I’m experimenting with the flashbacks. It’s still very much early days, but I’m enjoying the editing process.