Episode 31: Navigating Time in Storytelling: Past, Present, and Future

In this episode of Coaching KidLit, hosts Sharon Skinner and Christy Yaros dive into techniques for effectively telling stories that involve backstory, flashbacks, and flash-forwards.

They discuss the importance of understanding the narrative perspective in time and the challenges associated with various methods of integrating past events into the present storyline.

Practical guidelines are given on how to balance storytelling elements to keep the reader engaged without overloading them with information.  


00:00 Introduction and Overview

01:00 Understanding the Narrator’s Position in Time

02:18 Creating Immediate and Relatable Narratives

04:13 Incorporating Backstory Effectively

05:36 Balancing Flashbacks and Story Flow

24:45 Prologues and Epilogues: When and How to Use Them

29:45 Actionable Tips for Writers

33:28 Conclusion and Final Thoughts


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