Check out this post from Rachel Poli’s blog on the topic of whether your novel needs a prologue.
Prologues are such a hit or miss. Some people love them and some people hate them… though I tend to see more people hate them than love them.
I personally don’t mind prologues. As long as they’re done the right way.
What is a prologue?
A prologue is the pre-chapter of a book. It goes before the first chapter and acts as an introduction of sorts. Prologues can try to accomplish a few different things:
- Peek into the future
- Delve into the past
- Shine some light on a certain character
Prologues can, I believe, do more than that, but those are the most common I’ve seen. (They’re also the types of prologues I’d prefer.)
Do you really need a prologue?
Before you write the prologue, ask yourself,
- What will my prologue accomplish? How will it contribute to the story?
If the answer is anything that I stated above or something…
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