Saturday, September 19, 2009

In It! and breaking the rules...

Listening to: the long awaited Pearl Jam album, Backspacer.
It is phenomenal.

Well, I got serious work in today. Not as much as I would like, but unfortunately I see some road blocks. I may be needing a serious beta reader for one chapter. You know all those rules we're not supposed to break unless we know what we're doing? Yeah. Those are being shattered all over. It's the introduction of one of my main characters. My boy awakens from a dream (just a little snatch of a dream, which is one of the themes) in the hayloft of an inn's barn, and beside him is a large pearlescent egg. The scene that follows imparts important info about the world and the dragons to the reader, moves the story forward and has lots of characterization. Most of the chapter introducing him is his backstory of how he got there. All of it is absolutely CRUCIAL. I think it's got several great hooks, as I wrote the whole thing trying to draw the reader through the chapter. Rediscovering it during the edit, I am actually very happy with it, and I would hate to change it because THE RULES say I should. I hope it's engaging enough to stand. OR - this could be rewritten and be the opening scene of the book. I always saw the first scene involving Jale and the Dragongar, as these are the tales of the Dragongar.

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

I guess time will tell.


  1. One of my WIP is a fantasy novel that starts with a dream - then, like you, I heard about the rule where you're not supposed to start with a dream. The only problem is, the dream is crucial to the plot. I suppose I could turn it into a prologue . . . which just opens up another whole can of worms.

    There's a present for you over on my blog. :-)

  2. going to get pressie! Thank you for commenting!