I'm aware that the use of the past perfect tense usually implies a flashback or something similar when writing fiction. Does the entire flashback need to be in past perfect or can it just start out with it?
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The tense in the flashback would need to be consistent with accordant timing. I’m not sure it’s necessary to use a sentence containing the past perfect tense and then go into a lot of detail; it may be more effective if you just start the flashback in whatever tense you choose to use in a new paragraph.
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