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Today’s Writing Tip

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

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Epilogues work well to cover “the rest of the story”, i.e, that which relates to proper closure of the plot, yet occurs after the story officially ends. Similar to prologues, epilogues can involve minor characters, or in some cases, someone who wasn’t in the main story at all. For example, it could be someone discovering years later what the effects were of your character’s actions. Sometimes they can even include hints of other stories to come, as opposed to closure.

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Prologues and Epilogues

This post has some good information about prologues and epilogues. Just note that in memoirs, prologues (and sometime epilogues too) are anticipated. Just thought I’d throw this disclaimer up first.

Dominique Wren

Many books have either a prologue or an epilogue; sometimes they even have both. You might even ask, why are they there? There are some important things to know about both:

1. Both are absolutely and completely not necessary.
2. You are not required to add them to your novel; some might even argue that you shouldn’t include either.
3. You can use one without the other.

Now, let me take a little closer look at them.

Prologues

Prologues, of course, go at the beginning of a novel. I see prologues as a separate story that should be connected to the main body of a novel somehow; the author is setting the novel up for their readers. A prologue should help the reader make sense of events that occur later on in the story; a case can be made that prologues are a fancy way of using foreshadowing. The events…

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When to Include an Epilogue in Your Novel

Kristen Pham

shutterstock_177324332Unlike prologues (which I covered in last week’s post) epilogues are a much less controversial concept in the writing community. Everyone from J.K. Rowling to James Dashner uses epilogues to wrap up loose ends and generally give a novel a complete finish. But I would argue that epilogues are just as likely to be abused as prologues, and it is essential to write one only if your novel demands it. Do more details of “happily ever after” really merit an epilogue? Sometimes it is more powerful to let the end stand for itself, and allow readers to make guesses or inferences based on the text.

However, there are also times when an epilogue can be a powerful tool to enhance the reader’s experience.

Introduce a secondary point of view that sheds new light on the story.
In novels that are written from the perspective of one character, the epilogue…

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