I have written two flashbacks so far. I did not think about the first one much, but the more I write, the more I realise that there are some times that could do with a flashback. But it has to be properly place.
A flashback is a sudden memory of a past event.
I have noticed that in K-dramas it happens quite a lot. Especially in those suspense filled dramas. They are not even in the genre of suspense, but because the writers like seeing us suffer they do things that will make us want to stop watching, but at the same time be curious.
For example, someone would pull person A into a corner and tell her to do something, but the audience did not hear what was said. So for another episode or so the viewers would be biting their nails just to figure out what A had been told. Then A would do something totally unexpected and the viewers would go WTF. That is when the flashback comes in and fills in the blanks. They show the rest of the scene where A was told to do something and 1+1 becomes two.
Not all dramas are like this. If anything, others are to the point and only leave out the necessity to not make the drama suck.
So if you want to put a flashback in your story, do so. If it doesn’t work, you can just remove it when you edit later.
Don’t be scared to try new things in your writing. Make the story be focused on one character’s memories if need be. Just don’t give up and use K-dramas as a reference.
Don’t give up and write on!