THE PROLOGUE IS FINISHED. I repeat: THE PROLOGUE IS FINISHED!
Granted, at this point, I expected on having the prologue plus four chapters finished, but that’s okay. It’s just a slow start and this prologue has been a notorious focus point for this novel, wasting way too much of my time. I’ve gotten chapter one going, and I’m completely rewriting it from the original, but I love the direction the new one is going. It’s far more serious and sets a better tone for the novel, and it better shows how absolutely miserable and bratty Locke can be. My main goal with these first chapters is not only to establish the characters, which I had no problem with in the first draft, but to establish the world more as well, which I needed to do lots more in version one! Naturally, I want the reader to be there in Kassir themselves, to feel the heat and the humidity of Redsaea, the dryness of the Great Desert, smell the lushness of the jungles.
I think the changes to the prologue also helped establish the magic of the world a little bit better, too, by automatically introducing it. I’m still a little weary about the fact that it turned into a very typical prologue: fighting to escape the bad guys, bad guys catch up, heroine suddenly and mysteriously disappears, but I guess if it works…? Part of me wonders if the prologue is even necessary, but, without it, we don’t get Auferrix’s perspective into well into the book, and that’s too late.
See what I mean? Too much focus on that bloody prologue. And so allow me to stop rambling and get writing!