After I lost a large segment of my novel, I started writing a prequel to it.
I began it differently from the original, planning on this story being one of five shorter stories published as one volume. Surprise, surprise, the characters have other plans. This is evolving into a prequel novel.
In my original novel, the reader meets the MC behind the scope of his sniper’s rifle - it is a training run. In the prequel, I begin with him fleeing after a successful operation, but everything else has gone sideways. I was content with that, but then something my MC said gave my Secondary Protagonist a mystery to solve.
She needs to investigate and this will take time. I already have fifty pages and that is not looking like a short story anymore.
I now believe that I should, as with the first, start with the assassination and show the wheels fall off.
Would starting with the assassination scene add symmetry and balance to the prequel and render it more of a stand-alone novel or is the scene with his flight and references to what happened before sufficient?