Hi all My story is in 3rd person, written in past tense. Pretty standard I suppose. I'm having a bit of trouble describing an event which has happened in a character's past, before the current point in the timeline. The situation is that the character habitually breaks in to a derelict hotel to find resources. The things which are happening at the current point in the timeline are described using verbs conjugated in past tense, but I want to describe how the character discovered that he could get into the hotel. This obviously happened before the current point in the timeline, so I have been writing this part using 'had', as follows: There are a few paragraphs of description of this event, and I'm not sure whether I should continue using 'had' to describe it until I return to the current point in the timeline, or whether doing it once is enough to signal to the reader that we're going further back in time and should then return to just using past tense. Also, how do I signal to the reader that we are now returning to the current point in the timeline, before this 'flashback'?