How do you handle flashbacks?
I wanted to ask you the best way to handle flashbacks. It seems like they come whenever they want to. And, also, I made the mistake of telling someone I thought loved me about the incident. He responded very brutally. How do you handle that?
This is HARD. I know how you feel. I often have found distraction is the only way to go. If I pop a piece of candy into my mouth or read something outloud, or smell something like vanilla oil, it takes edge off. Sometimes a bath helps. But when these things occur in public places (mine used to flare up when standing in line)it's difficult. I used to carry a cough drop in my pocket. One therapist suggested making clapping noises or doing something very physical when the flashbacks occur. I cannot afford therapy anymore as my insurance does not cover it, so I rely on Incest Survivors Anonymous-I hooked up with a very supportive group in Long Beach, run by a survivor of Satanic Ritual Abuse. She's amazing. God bless you and thank you for your emails.
Tips On Using Flashbacks
Flashbacks will keep fiction
interesting, but it must be
mixed well. A flashback that's
too long bores the reader, and
he/she moves to the next
author/writer. It's the primary
concern when working with flashbacks.
Begin your fiction in a dramatic
scene. If the reader needs to know
how a character ended-up in the
situation, show them with a
flashback. The flashback takes the
reader back and uncovers relevant
information that leads to where
the story opened.
Sometimes, a sentence is all that's
needed. At other times, a paragraph
is required to handle a flashback.
In other words, flashbacks must
not slow-down the pace of a story.
Music, loud noise, a fall, gentle
shake or ringing telephone can set
a flashback into motion.
The following is the tell me method
to a flashback. It's necessary to
the excerpt. One paragraph explains
the background of grandmother and
gives insight into Tay's ancestry.
"Mother, tell me about how
grandmother migrated to find a better
life," Tay pleaded.
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