Owen's Novel Report – The Prologue


I've had a good rest from writing for a week, which has been nice! However, I'm really missing it now, so its time to start again. Even though I've finished the novel itself, I still need to write a prologue for it. I've deliberately left this till last for good reason. Whenever I tried to write novels in the past, I always started with the prologue. This was a bad move, as I found that I was spending so much time on this part of the book I was becoming bored with it. After a while, I became so dispondent, I gave up!

I didn't want this to happened this time, so I did something different. In fact, I started one of the early chapters first to see how I got on. I was able to do this because I'd planned the whole novel out in full on my writing application. So in theory, I could start it any point. I had a go at this and it worked well. Then I started writing from Chapter 1, and from there I was on a roll. Now, I've managed to complete the whole thing (with the exception of the prologue, of course, which I see as something else in someways.)

The great thing is that I can now work on this important part of the book whilst knowing now exactly how it progresses and ends. It'll also increase my motivation to (hopefully!) make a good job of it, precisely because I've taken a different tack this time. I don't have to worry about writing the actual novel because its already done! The prologue to me is important, because it sets the scene and context for the rest of the book. I'm looking forwards to getting started!

More soon…

Owen Law

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About Owen Law

My pen-name is ‘Owen Law’ (real name: Nicholas Davies.) I’m a science fiction writer specialising in dystopian/apocalyptic visions of the future. I’m from Shropshire, England (on the borders with Wales) and I’m in my forties. I have a background in public services and training. I’ve been working on my first novel, Dragon Line, since 2008. I’ve also written several short stories, one of which you can find on this blog (‘Matilda Leviathan‘). I now reside on the border of Shropshire and Wales, and my interests include writing (of course!), current affairs and environmental issues.
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