I’ve been on hiatus from actively working on my novel for some time. As a writer, I reached a point where I started to question some major things about my story. Was it engaging right from the start? Was it accessible to the broader audience I wanted to target? Could it be told more effectively from a different perspective? After much internal debate, I’ve finally resolved these questions and decided on a few course corrections.
First off, I’ve decided to change the tense to first person present. Over the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, and one of the things I like most about it is the immediacy of the way the story unfolds. I feel like first person present tense allows an author to both more deeply connect with the personality of the main character and surprise the reader by not having the omniscient point of view of a narrator, as many books do.
The other major change is the inclusion of a prologue, which I’ve just published. In the context of the story, the prologue serves to provide a sense of reality and relevance to the modern world by tying the sci-fi plot into a real-world, near-future scenario. This introduces some new characters, who I plan on connecting with Gray, Krista, and the others in the main plot later on, but it also provides some interest for people who maybe aren’t as ready to immerse themselves in a purely fictional world. One of the cues I’ve taken from recent mega-successes Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga is that they both offer fantasy that is at least somewhat grounded in the world we all know and understand in daily life. The addition of the prologue and the secondary storyline it introduces helps to add a degree of feasibility to the more fantastic elements that follow that will hopefully allow readers to more readily immerse themselves into the world of Darkstone the way they have with other popular sci-fi/fantasy series.
All that said, I’m beginning a re-write of all the material I’ve posted before now, shifting them into the first person present perspective and clarifying some details in light of the new information I’ve provided in the prologue. It might take some time, but at the end, I’ll be on track to (hopefully) proceed without any more lengthy internal arguments 🙂
I hope you enjoy the prologue – please let me know what you think. Thank you so much for reading!