Good evening, Writing Forum! Im currently working on a novel that starts with my Protagonist in a prison of sorts. He only gets to talk to one person and only very breifly (he brings him food and they chat shortly before he has to leave) I then go on to introduce another character, breif outline of a few more to come, then back to him shortly and then introduce a few other characters and get them into the storys enviroment and -then- i bring the protagonist in, so theres a good like 20 pages or so between when we first meet him and the second time he comes in. However im not sure how i can introduce him more without breaking the structure of my story, which i cant realy bend too much as ive got a solid timeline worked out that has to work like such. One idea im toying with is a flashback to before he got into his current situation, tell who he was 4 years ago before it all hit the fan. but after watching Oasis of the Dead (google it and you will understand ) im not overly keen on doing long flashbacks as i feel it might be a sledgehammer to the story flow. Any suggestions for what i can do?