This is kind of a defeatist blog title, but seriously, sometimes I read stuff that just depresses me. If you follow my twitter, which you probably don’t because I have like 22 followers, you would have noticed a re-tweet of an article entitled, “The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents.” Article
Why is it EVERY freaking TIME I read one of these articles I find something else I’m doing wrong? WTF???
Here’s my latest faux pas:
“I’m not a fan of prologues, preferring to find myself in the midst of a moving plot on page one rather than being kept outside of it, or eased into it.”
– Michelle Andelman, Regal Literary
“Most agents hate prologues. Just make the first chapter relevant and well written.”
– Andrea Brown, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
“Prologues are usually a lazy way to give back-story chunks to the reader and can be handled with more finesse throughout the story. Damn the prologue, full speed ahead!”
– Laurie McLean, Foreword Literary
Yet again – guess who started her novel with a Prologue??? ME! And it was a totally kick-ass Prologue. It’s meaningful and well written and it advances the plot (in a Tarantino the past is the now kind of way).
But now it’s got to go. Please observe a moment of silence for my Prologue. I will miss you. I will keep you in a document somewhere and maybe one day I can dig you up, dust you off, and show you to the world. But in the meantime baby, you need some time out of the spotlight. Sad, sad, sad.