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Today’s Writing Tip

Marcha's Two-Cents Worth

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If your story needs some background information essential to the plot, but it doesn’t involve the main character, you can introduce it by using a prologue. That way you can start Chapter 1 with your protagonist, which you should always do, because it immediately tells your reader who the story is about. Otherwise, they’re going to wonder what happened to the character they “met” first and whose story your book is really about.

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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, 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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In Praise of the Vilified Prologue: Top 10 Novels with Prologues

Cindy Fazzi

Loving Frank Photo-Cindy Fazzi “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan is a great example of a book with an effective prologue.

In Elmore Leonard’s famous 10 rules for writing, the second rule is: Avoid prologues. “They can be annoying,” he wrote. “A prologue in a novel is back story, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.”

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