The Technique: Flashback – There are two kinds of flashback: The first is a flashback that is there only to give the reader information. I call this cheap flashback.
The second opens from the memory of your point of view character because there is something unresolved, upsetting, or confusing in the present moment. Your character has a flashback through which she finds new insight and/or resolution into her present situation. This is helpful for the character and is much more intriguing for the reader.
Getting Started: Choosing one of the characters shown, imagine a present-day dilemma that sends her into a flashback.
Throughout the flashback you choose for this exercise, make sure you use point of view, dialogue, dramatic tension, and setting. When you finish the flashback, bring the character back into the present to see the effect of the flashback.
Hint: With the present day set in a wildlife preserve in Africa, where your character is walking with two lionesses, you have the opportunity to set the flashback wherever you'd like in the world.
Is the second picture a memory of the woman and her son in happier times? Or does the picture of the crying boy hold the dramatic tension of your flashback?
You have only 15 minutes for this exercise!