Yes, I'm confused. That is why I take part in the Insecure Writers Support Group hosted by the popular blogmaster ninja, Alex!
Here is my problem this month...
Dear Fellow Writers,
I've been saving this dilemma to ask you all with your infinite writerly wisdom!
How do you feel about prologues?
What I've learned from the majority so far is:
- the MC should be introduced right away and
- start with action or intrigue
These are important tips, necessary to hook readers (and potential agents)
The problem I have is that my first chapter (which could be a prologue) is an incident showing the root of the problem in the book and the character dies (not the MC). My MC doesn't show up until chapter 2, two years later on a regular day that introduces him with his mysterious client showing up at the end of the chapter. My questions to you:
- Should the incident be a prologue or is it okay to be chapter one?
- When someone asks for pages (and for query submission guidelines) do you send the prologue?
Does it even matter? Am I stressing over nothing?
Thanks in advance for your answers, you are always so helpful!
And to ease some of my stress, I haiku. I present Sensational Haiku Wednesday on Nature - getting back to haiku roots (hee hee)
Ambling vines stretch
Up dilapidated wall
Kudzu will outlive
Green emerges through concrete
Weeds overtake earth
Human nature blooms