A Week of Mondays – Deleted Prologue

Not every scene makes it into the final book. Here’s a never-before-released prologue that I wrote for A WEEK OF MONDAYS that was deemed “entertaining, but not necessary.” It was definitely a darling that I had to cut but the book was already long and my editor and I both agreed that it wasn’t completely necessary and didn’t do much to further the plot. So out it went. But I’m posting it here on my blog for anyone who wants to read it!

Deleted Prologue

Everyone knows that Mondays are the armpit of the week. This is not a radical new idea. It’s pretty much common knowledge. Mondays are like the dentist appointment that everyone has to suffer through but no one enjoys. And if anyone tries to tell you that they actually like Mondays—or dentist appointments, for that matter—then you should just run the other way. Because this person is either a compulsive liar or mentally unstable. And who needs that in their life?

There’s a reason so many famous songs are written about Mondays. Not Tuesdays. Not Thursdays. Not even an occasional love ballad to a Saturday. Nope. it’s all about the Mondays.

In the eighties, the Bangles called it a “Manic Monday.”

In the seventies, the Boomtown Rats declared quite plainly, “I Don’t Like Mondays.”

But I think the Mamas and the Papas said it best in their famous 1966 song, “Monday Monday.”

“Monday, Monday. Can’t trust that day.”

And you know, I really should have listened. I should have heeded Big Mama Cass’s sage advice. Never, under any circumstances should you ever trust a Monday. Just like you should never trust a cheerleader when she promises there are no nuts in her bake sale cookies. (But I’ll get to that later.)

But I didn’t listen. I didn’t heed this advice.

So, alas, there I was on that fateful Monday morning in mid September. I was naïve. I was idealistic. I awoke feeling…hopeful, of all things.

I was an idiot.

In my defense, though, even the Mamas and Papas song starts off fairly optimistic.

“Monday, Monday. So good to me.

Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be.”

Of course, then the song—and the day—pretty much takes a turn for the worst. Just as mine did.

Sorry, Bangles. But your Manic Monday has nothing on mine.

Nothing.

In fact, my manic Monday makes yours look like a blissful Saturday in the park.

Oh, Monday, Monday. You most definitely can’t trust that day.

 

Read more about A WEEK OF MONDAYS here!

 

Get FREE writing tips delivered right to your inbox every month!

If you'd like more free writing tips from Jessica, be sure to sign up for the Writing Mastery Newsletter below.

 

Anda as a free gift for signing up, we'll automatically send you a copy of Jessica's "Save the Cat! Writes a Novel Starter Kit."

By subscribing you agree to receive the requested information, Writing Mastery Newsletter, and special offers in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


Filed under: Behind the Book Tips for Writers Writing Mastery

Tagged with:


Read 3 chapters

for FREE!

We respect your privacy. By signing up, you agree to receive the requested download plus Jessica's author newsletter. 

My next novel releases May 4, 2021, but you can start reading it now for free!

GET A FREE STARTER KIT

SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL

Discover the secret storytelling code behind every bestselling novel.

Sign up today to receive a FREE Starter Kit including an introduction to the 15 beats, plus 3 Beat Sheets of popular novels!

By signing up you agree to receive the requested information, Writing Mastery Newsletter & special offers in accordance with our Privacy Policy.