I have a question for how to start my romance novel. I am almost finished with my third novel, Agija of Agukas, and I have been planning my next novel for a little while. It will be a romance and it includes time travel; although, the time travel is only used as a mechanism to explore the novels theme and title, Age For Love. There are two beginnings I have been debating. Perhaps you can let me know which one you like or think works better. Beginning one: The prestigious school for singing just agreed to let her try out. Excited she tries to tell her boyfriend of three years. He is acting weird and doesn’t seem to give a crap. He leaves her. She has no where to go, and she refuses to go to her mother who verbally abused her growing up. She becomes homeless, and decides she will make her appointment with the school no matter what. Beginning two: She is under a bridge and running late to be at her appointment with the school. She struggles to look her best, such as going into a public bathroom and using the sink to wash up. Beginning one will be told through flashbacks and narration. On the way she sees Mr. Drop Dead Gorgeous, Mr. if she ever had him as a boyfriend, she would want to keep him in the house so a super model doesn't snatch him up. Second question: If you are writing in the simple past and you flashback, you can write the flashback in the simple past as well, right? I have seen it done, but I wan to be sure it is the norm. It would suck to have a short scene of a few paragraphs written in the perfect past. All the had words would get annoying.