Hi, I am attempting to construct an outline for a story I’ve been thinking about for quite a while now and am looking for some opinions about how I should structure it. My main character is a woman whose past is essential to the plot, but I’m not sure how to incorporate it. The quick and dirty of it is: She blames herself for the death of a past lover (with whom she had a child-post father's death), and believes she has learned from that experience, when really it only hinders her relationship with her son, and consequently her son's relationship with his girlfriend. Her son believes his mother's current husband is his father, because the MC's family did not want her having a child out of wedlock. For a while I thought I’d just go about it chronologically, and have it in the beginning of the story. I know that it will be a fairly significant chunk of story, which is what struck my initial worry. The son and his girlfriend are an important part of the plot, but by placing the MC's back story at the beginning, it wouldn't come to them for quite a while. On the other hand I’m on the fence about randomly incorporating her past throughout the story, because that seems like it would create a disconnect with the plot. So that lead me to think about maybe having flashbacks, or one of the characters coming across her diary and discovering what she went through that way, (which does make me cringe because it’s ridiculously cliché, and my character really isn't the type to keep a diary) but that’s just a few thoughts I've had. If anyone has any suggestions or tips of how I can go about this I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you!