Only a quick update for this session. The first cut at the prologue is now complete at around 1600 words. It may be a little on the long side for a prologue. Given previous drafts, I’m estimating those 1600 words will drop to around 1200 to 1300 “keepers” in the final version. That’s a reasonable length for a prologue, I think. After I get into the first chapter, I’ll see if it makes more sense to pull part of it out as a bridge segment or incorporate it into the first chapter.
I’m glad I took the time to build the legends and poems that I intend to use before heading into the meat of the book. It helped cement the characters and motivations in my head. I’m ready to dive into the story and see where it all leads. It’s always interesting to see what the characters think about my plans as the writing continues! They like to surprise me.
I accept all good wishes, by the way, so feel free to send some my way.