My goal was to finish rewriting not only my prologue, but Chapter One. Well, I made it through the prologue. A matter of visiting with friends I’ve not seen in some time–though well worth it–made it necessary for me to amend my goals for the first chapter with assigning a deadline of Tuesday. I don’t think these extra two days will much hurt my overall goal.
Nevertheless, I’m pleased with the prologue. I’ve taken a lot out and really focused on a single scene, as I believe the best prologues are just enough to set the stage. Too many scenes and it starts, to me at least, to feel like another chapter.
I’ve uploaded a pdf of my prologue as it now stands. Take a read!
Out of the Sea Prologue
In a previous post, I briefly discussed the importance of a long term plan when considering writing, editing and publishing a novel. Don’t discount the value of short term goals as well. Taken one at a time, these mini deadlines are the meat of your plan for success. More flexible and more manageable, these baby steps offer two benefits.
Not only will you actually reach your long term goals, but completing little steps along the way will keep you motivated. For example, I know I want to finish editing my book by the end of April. That’s a huge task to complete in a large span of time. While I want to keep my larger goal in mind, I will create a smaller deadline: completing edits for one more chapter by next Monday, January 30.
What reasonable goal will you meet this week?