Thoughts On Aside Chapters
My novel that I am writing started out with a prologue. It was a historical commentary of my fantasy world written by a sage that set up the conflict to ensue in Chapter 1. I was not happy with it coming first in the novel although I believe it to be important to the story. The reason why I was not happy with it being first is that it had nothing to do with the main or secondary characters of the novel in particular.
I tried writing the information into the dialogue of the larger story but what I found in doing that was there were just long monologues of boring historical facts where someone would recount what they had once heard. They broke up my chapters and made them not flow well at all.
Right now what I have done is chop up this prologue into four 2 to 3 page chapters and sprinkled these chapters in among the rest of the story. I picked my placement based on dramatic appeal and where I think there might be natural pauses in the the story to locate this sort of background information.
For example, the first of these asides comes right after the novel's main, and POV, character (a human) is confronted by the main support character (an elf) and after it is already well established that humans and elves in my world do not like each other one bit. This first aside however shows how in the past the two races were not so adversarial.
Again, it is only two pages and the chapter is headed in such a way that it is clear that the reader is reading something outside of the normal story.
A regular chapter for this novel is 20 to 30 pages long usually with a scene switch or two. So I was figuring a two page aside chapter wouldn't brake things up too badly.
Does anyone have a thought on this approach?
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