Rules may be there to be broken, but as a rookie I am loathed to break them quite so brazenly. Or should I just follow my instincts? (confused? … you will be!)
To cut a long story short, I wrote the preface to my book before I wrote the novel. The preface is a flash forward to an event that the story slowly builds up to, a very poignant moment … a turning point in the book. Now I have been advised that the preface should never be a poignant moment from the story and I should think about re-writing it. So that’s exactly what I’ve done, and now those who have read the new preface think I should revert back to the old one – ahhhh. They think the new one gives too much away and the previous one had all the drama and hooks that I was hoping to achieve.
I think I’ll go with my gut and change it back before I go any further, like I said, rules are there to be broken. I mustn’t forget that this is my story, no-one elses, so my story – my rules! (Or perhaps I should just adhere to convention – ahhhhh)