Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Prologues - good, bad or just plain lazy??

I've been playing with my story that did well in the Emmy, Mummy Makes Three. It has a prologue and I've been debating cutting it. I've read that prologues are lazy writing and they generally don't help the story.

In this case we have a lovers reunited story. The prologue is the dramatic birth of their child nine years before the story starts. All the crits I've had, only one person has disliked the prologue. Most feel immediate empathy with the mother giving birth.

What do you think?

Prologues - are they a waste? Is it a sign of laziness? Is it just the worst kind of info dump?

Am I just asking this question to avoid editing?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Crazy Busy

I've been busy!

The RWAus awards night was fun. picture me sitting in front of the laptop, madly checking twitter while chatting in the Clayton's chat room. I was thrilled with 2nd in the Emmy and want to congratulate Rach for her 4th in The Valerie Parv Award.

My attempts to get back into the writing went astray with Princess's 4th birthday. It's all done now and i have two weeks until we have visitors from Japan. Am planning to finish the partial for SIG and then some editing for HDP.

Editing seems so full of potential. Can I do the story justice? With time away I can see some ways to improve I just hope I can make it work like the vision I see in my head. I'm not sure where to start...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Slowly, slowly

Am making some very slow progress on SIG. Have had great excuses - cold, kids sick, waiting on a crit for HDP and most recently am nervous about the Emmy results sat night.

Wish I was going to the conference. Would be so exciting to be completely immersed in writing for days... bliss!

Claytons it is for me and some cyber nervous drinking and checking Twitter for the contest results. Good luck to Rach too!