marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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the past is prologue

How sharp should the transition be, from the opening in the prologue, to the main events in the story? 

There is a part where things really get rolling, but there is some action before.  For instance, the news of the empress killing all her servants one night to hide -- something.  (Not, as a sage soul observed, a wise way to do it.)

 But action moves a lot faster in the -- week, maybe? -- where the bulk of the drama occurs.

How much can slither in as backfill of how they learned their useful skills?  It's also got potential when the sheltered guy, raised by scholars, reveals he can pick locks.  (Books are valuable, they are often locked away. . . .)

 

Tags: backstory, beginnings, story time
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