Hey! I'm 1K words into my Noire story set in 1952 Georgia. My MC, Charles Wilkins, is a 50-year-old diner owner, and he's also a Titanic survivor. The plot does revolve around that, don't worry. xD Also, if you don't think it's a good idea to have him be a Titanic survivor, I'll be more than happy to create a fictional ship that sank, and he survived. But basically, the story goes that when the ship went down, he was rescued by a French woman who called herself Monica Garnier. Forty years later, an owner of the diner, he meets a fourteen year old boy named Amos Garnier who is an orphan who ran away from a bad orphanage. Out of curiosity, because Amos looks so much like his grandmother, and out of sympathy, Wilkins allows the boy to work with him in the diner as one of Wilkins' many employees. What's the plot? Amos wants to reunite with his grandmother that he has heard was still alive, but in another city. The story starts with him in his apartment, late at night having some whisky. After listening to politics on the radio, he sits there and dozes off to sleep. Then he begins to have a very specific dream about the ship sinking forty years ago wherein he was seperated from his father and he himself almost froze to death. The problem is, I feel that this is a) too specific to be a dream, and b) out of place. Why would he, out of the blue, start dreaming about the ship? After listening to a politican yammering about Communism, he'd logically would have dreams about that instead. I also feel its a little too early. When would it be best to have him take us back in time and let us see what had happened to him that night? How long would the flashback need to be? It should probably be in a moment where he's not too busy with anything else, including fighting the bad guy. Maybe I should reveal it in bits and pieces? Should it be in flashbacks and/or brief dialogues once he and Amos figure out that his grandmother and Wilkins once knew each other? Also, since this deals with Wilkins' past, how do I make sure to handle the flashbacks so it doesn't seem like half the book is forty years previous and concentrate it on the right here and now? And a little grammar issue: Should the flashbacks, if there are any, be in italics, or no? Ideas? And thanks for any thoughts given.