I am writing a short story (approx. 650 words) in the past tense, and one paragraph of this story (100-125 words) is written as a flashback.
I originally planned to write the entire flashback paragraph in the past perfect, but the overabundance of "had" made it seem awkward, so I researched the situation.
As far as I can tell, the accepted convention is to use the past perfect for the first and last few verbs and the simple past for everything else. However, this would leave me with only a few "in-between" verbs written in the simple past tense.
Because of this, I am considering writing only the first and last verbs in the past perfect. Would this be correct?