April 5, 2013 by Kira Lyn Blue
I’ve spent the last few days agonizing over my prologue. You wouldn’t think two pages of text could be so problematic. I mean, its TWO pages. A mere thousand words out of a 150k novel! And yet I rewrote, revised, scrapped, ranted and raved, and started over so many times that I thought my eyes would bleed and was ready to shove my laptop into a garbage disposal.
Feeling defeated, I sat down and watched a video my critique partner had sent me days earlier. Why I procrastinated probably doesn’t matter, but I hate video links. I prefer to read because I can get through content faster than anyone on a video can talk. I saw a 19 minute video and told myself, “Later. I’ll look at it later.”
Now I’m kicking myself for being a stubborn nincompoop. This video didn’t contain anything I didn’t theoretically know about writing, but for some reason it made things click very clearly in my mind. Suddenly, I could see everything that was wrong with my previous approaches to the prologue and knew how to make it work.
(Oh, hey! Here’s a link to said prologue if you’re curious.)
Thank you, Hope! You saved my bacon (and my laptop)!
Maybe, just maybe, you’ll find the same context and inspiration I did, so I have to share this.