I'm currently editing my fantasy novel, and I think I have written myself into a corner. I wanted to get rid of a flashback scene because I usually hate long flashbacks when I read them in other writers' work. I prefer to read a story in chronological order, so I find it annoying if the plot keeps jumping around in time. Nevertheless I have to include one scene from the childhood of my protagonist, otherwise later the plot becomes incomprehensible. In the original draft I began my novel like this: Prologue: Murder Side Story (Murder Victim's POV) Chapter 1: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 2: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 3: Flashback to Childhood Side Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 4: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) ... In the rewrite I tried this sequence: Prologue: Childhood Side Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 1: Murder Side Story (Murder Victim's POV) Chapter 2: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 3: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) Chapter 4: Main Story (Protagonist's POV) ... I hoped the second sequence would flow smoother because the childhood scene happens eight years before the main story, while the murder and the main story occur only days apart (but on opposite sites of the continent). So I did a heavy rewrite of the childhood scene and turned it from a flashback into a prologue, introducing the characters, the setting, the magic... As a flashback the scene was about 4000 words, as a prologue it runs longer than 7000. Not because I weighed it down with infodumps, but because I changed dream-like memories into concrete real-time action. The scene reads better than before and it also works as a hook (it shows the enslaving of the protagonist's mind). What's my problem then, you might ask? I was indeed quite proud of my rewrite until I read the new chapters in succession. The start of my main story is boring now! It lost the mystery--the slow discovery how my characters relate to each other, the built-up of glimpses into a very alien society, and the hints how the magic works--all that is already spilled out in the new prologue. My gut instinct tells me I reveal too much before the main story actually begins. I can't decide whether I should rewrite the main story, rewrite the childhood scene (again), simply use the old murder prologue, try to fit in the flashback where it used to be but then I would have to choose between the new and the old version... I feel like I'm losing control over my own plotlines. Any ideas how to get them back in line? Maybe some of you solved a similar rewrite chaos and could give me tips?