In Omnia Paratus: Life Is Short. Write Well.

Flashbacks Done Well Pack a Punch

Here’s why the flashback episode of Gilmore Girls is SO good.

Still from “Dear Emily and Richard,” the flashback episode with teenage Christopher and Lorelai. | Season 3, Episode 13. © Warner Bros. Television 2003.

One of the classic signs of a beginning writer is shoving flashbacks into the first chapter (and/or the second and/or third chapter . . .) as a way to get the reader up to speed on the backstory…




Twice-weekly writing lessons based on the hit show and the writing genius of its creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Far more than Team Dean vs. Team Jess. Pull up a stool, grab a mug from Luke’s, and join us.

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