Why Does Everything Fall Apart at Once?

I love (yes that was sarcastic) the quirks of life that dictate that when one object takes a crap the rest must follow. Wednesday night out refrigerator went on the fritz on whether or not it wanted to work, and then it stopped working altogether. It’s a good thing that it’s on the inside porch with a temperature in the teens that night or there would have been a lot of spoiled food.

So after the fridge decided not to work, our TV decided it was done as well and developed black spots on the screen. It’s only four years old and it already had these small white dots over the screen from the pixels not working correctly. So Thursday was a writing bust as we all trooped to town for search for refrigerators and TVs. Maybe we should have looked for a new sound system while we were at it, because now the entertainment center is on the fritz. 😀

The same seems to be true of writing, when one element doesn’t work in a story all the others take note and decided to revolt. I started revising Ride of the Valkyrja this week  and as much as I love the prologue, it no longer fits the direction of the novel. So I either had to remove it or redo it. I opted for redoing it, which lead to another plot element rearing its head and by the second chapter everything was falling apart again.

Humm…Maybe changing things wasn’t the answer. (LOL) Now I’m doing a quick read  thru (2nd time) to take notes about what changed through the story, what elements are no longer needed, what elements need to be added, and what isn’t working. *Sigh* The joys of writing a full-length novel, maybe I should regulate myself to novellas?

15 thoughts on “Why Does Everything Fall Apart at Once?

  1. I so want to get into novellas! Right now, I’m working on 50k first drafts.

    As far a prologue, keep in mind: A lot of folks skip them. So if you can do without one, the better. 🙂 Save yourself the extra challenge of making it fit.

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  2. Oh!!! Can also consider offering the prologue as a separate short story. Free read or low cost $0.99 item enticing readers to continue with the rest of the storyline. Just a thought if you’re really in love with the prologue but can’t figure out a way to make it stick.

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  3. Don’t you just love it when Murphy comes to visit? He stays too long and causes way too many problems. Sorry for all the things going wrong. 😦 Maybe ditching the prologue or making a short story is the way to go.

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  4. I just started Forsaken by Shadow by Kait Nolan. She doesn’t have a prologue. HOWEVER, her first chapter is technically a prologue in my mind. It starts the book a decade before the actual story starts. Was kind of bummed, cause I thought I was getting a young male protag (23 yo). I’m really getting a full-grown man (33 yo). But honestly, if you want folks to read the beginning, that’d be the way to do it. Just start with chapter 1, even if the real story starts with chapter 2.

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      • I always read the prologue. lol I figure it either takes a snippet off of what will happen at a crucial point in the book (to entice me into the book) or sets the stage for what will happen. Most authors don’t use prologues effectively though, and that’s the problem. If you use it to tease, it works. I thought your prologue, as it was, did a good job of intriguing me.

        I heard of a book where the prologue was a snippet from the bad guy’s point of view where he was ready to shoot the hero in the book but when you read the book, then that particular scene was given from the hero’s point of view instead. So the prologue offered a glimpse into the bad guy that deepened the story. I didn’t read the book, but the person who mentioned it was impressed, and I thought that was a clever idea. I do think prologues should be short if used though.

        JMO

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        • I also read prologues. I’m so afraid I’ll miss something. Once I realized people skipped them, I’ve tried to omit them in my writing though. The first chapter of Shadow Cat could have been a prologue. Now I’m wishing I’d saved it as a short story.

          Ruth ~ Your example reminds me of the Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. It’s a novella written entirely from the view of the “bad guy.”Ruth,

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        • Very true, prologues aren’t utilized to their fullest and they should be short. The worst one I ever read was a 20 page history of the fantasy people on this planet. The information in it was helpful, but it was also boring to wade through. He did it with every book in the series, adding more information.

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