I’m not a big fan of prologues, as such – why not just start the story, already? – but i can be partial to a nice interlude. In the preceding 21 chapters we’ve met our main protagonist, seen his situation and background, and watched him get himself into a bit of a fix, before building to a climactic crisis point where he really buggers things up.
So, to let all that sink in a bit, it’s a good time to duck out and have a change. It also serves to introduce the second lead character just ahead of his meeting with the first, and by inserting it here, it cuts down on the amount of backstory i have to do later on. I also foreshadow the foreign climate/culture that my protagonist is heading for.
- Elected to re-insert brief, previously removed flashback scene in which sinister mentor figure introduces hero’s ordeal. He’ll be back later, so i figured it might be nice to get him in early. Also, he’s cool, and represents an interesting contrast with our panicky lead, and I managed to cut it down to 300 words or so, so it’s not too much of a slog.
- Tidying and rearranging lines.
- Clarifying use of names for continuity(because technically, they change after this scene).
Keyword style Impressions: This chapter is dark and humid, violent, haphazard, sweaty and highly strung.