warning: i am not the best at explaining things in print, but I'll do my best!
Right side can also be called the "public side" of your work, and wrong side can be called the "private" side, the one people won't see. For example, the garter stitch (knit every row) creates ridges on both sides, so it is reversible. If you're making a scarf or hat or something of the like, WS and RS will likely not be mentioned in garter stitch. For a sweater, it very well might be for finishing purposes (RS to RS or WS to WS, et. al.) For stockinette stitch (K a row, P a row, repeat) the K side creates lovely little rows of V's and the P side creates bumps. MOST of the time, the K side is going to be considered the RS, the side you want people to see, although there are times we want the bumps on the outside, of course. The good thing about this is, you only need to really think about this at the beginning of your project. Usually the first row will say RS or WS next to it. That side will always be the WS or RS, depending on the pattern, for the rest of your work. If you need a visual reminder, place a stitch holder (the safety pin type works well or you can even tie a piece of contrasting yarn) on the RS of your work after you've completed a few rows. As for "flipping", unless you are doing short-row shaping or something else fancy, the only flipping you'll do is when you've completed your row and you transfer the right needle to your left hand.
I hope this helps at least a little! If not, if you can share more details about the pattern, I will do my best to give you a better answer.
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