I’m in the early planning stages of a new story, which will be (surprise, surprise) a fanfiction revolving around unrequited love.
I want to start the story with the main plot twist, and then alternate between before the plot twist (THEN) and after the plot twist (NOW), along with the main plot twist unfolding at the same time. The main plot twist is basically something being published that is telling the story of the before (THEN) as seen from one MC’s perspective. So basically the timeline of the chapters would go (1)NOW - (2)THEN - (3)PT1 - (4)NOW - (5)THEN - (6)PT2 - etc.
I’m struggling with writing the NOW without using what happens in the past (THEN), since it hasn’t been told yet, even though it happened. How do you make your characters live the present, that has been affected by the past, all the while revealing the past little by little? Any tips or things to do? Any things to avoid?