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24 January 2004 @ 10:33 pm
there is an important rl decision to be made, hence I procrastinate  
Finished editing another chapter of Fallen From Grace. This fic keeps getting longer and longer and truth is I cannot stand it anymore. If I hadn't already written all of it, I would just take it off the net and forget about it. But somehow having written a good 85 000 words (some of which are just too bad to even reread) and then do nothing would involve me facing the fact that I'm really just wasting my time.

A question for fic readers and writers: if a prologue has been set in the future and you then return to that point in time in the course of the fic, can you trust the reader to recall what has happened in the prologue which was some 60 000 words earlier or should there at least be some recap? (the prologue does contain actual plot which is important to sesequent events)
 
 
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gledster2000: searching for meaning - base from keijagledster2000 on January 24th, 2004 10:55 pm (UTC)
I think a short recap might be the best compromise. That way those who have forgotten the prologue are reminded and those who have it in their heads, well, it's just a short recap.

And you are NOT wasting your time. After this week I have a week off, I've got your fic copy and pasted into a word document and am going to spend that week reading it - I can't wait and I meant that! It'll be like a week-long ep of WaT!!!! :) :)
..she fell in love with the drummerxrebelheartx on January 24th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
Hm..maybe a line or so reminding the reader about the prologue? Just kind of a short, quick reminder. IMHO, anyway :)
Anansayanansay on January 25th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Well... when I think of actual books that I've read that had prologues, I've found myself going back to the prologue and re-reading it just to refresh my memory. But that's just me. I don't know what the author had in mind.
I'd say, as long as the prologue is accessible for reference, I'd just assume that if the reader needed memory refreshment, they'd just re-read it.