Once the realization of the previous post settled into my psyche, I began to have mental cows.
Sure, most of the first 10 pages were backstory, but those pages were actually frontstory because they were what the character was actually thinking and feeling as the story began. The experience and story of the first 10 pages were true to who the character was, they were true to her life, they were true to her past, they were true to her experience and to the unfoldment of her day.
You see, Sarah has been a real person to me since I began writing her story over three years ago. She came to me as a whole person. Yes, along the way I've discovered more about her, but the essence of who she is, her personality and her aliveness, hasn't changed a bit.
So, the whole process of writing her book for the last 3+ years, has been a process of recording her story and being true to the truth of who she is. And in the last... (Read more)