Crime writer Michael Connelly’s character Harry Bosch has quickly become one of my favourite characters in fiction.
I will be honest and say that I hadn’t read any of Connelly’s novels until I saw the first episode of Amazon’s Bosch, staring Titus Welliver. First episode down and I was into the books, wondering how I hadn’t crossed paths with the jazz loving detective previously.
It is a great read but what was more important to me was the writing lesson which accompanied it, by way of Connelly’s explanation of why it wasn’t included in the final draft of the book.
. . . pieces of this scene were mentioned or thought about by Harry in later sections of the book and it was thought that removing the prologue got the reader into the present day story more quickly and smoothly . . .
Sometimes you have to sacrifice a good piece of writing for the overall story to work more effectively.
No matter how good your description or dialogue, the structure of your novel needs to work to the advantage of drawing your reader in and keeping their eyes wide open and hands clenched around those pages.