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    Can I write an Epilogue if I don't write a Prologue?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Thomas Kitchen, Apr 18, 2013.

    The title basically says what I want to know. Do I have to have a prologue if I want to have an epilogue? Or should my epilogue just be another chapter (admittedly it's only about two pages long, but I can extend it and I've heard that a chapter can be any length)?

    What do you all think? Thanks. :)
     
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    As far as I know they don't come as a package deal and you can have one without the other. If you feel like having an epilogue but no prologue, go for it.
     
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    On a slightly unrelated note, I'm waiting to do my awesome epilogue until after my second draft.

    I don't think you need both. In my case, my epilogue actually happens chronologically before my prologue (time travel). It gives a nice feeling of completeness.
     
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    You don't have to have both.
     
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    That sounds awesome. I love time travel.
     
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    If you write an epilogue without a prologue, you will be reported to the Prologue and Epilogue Department of the FBI and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law! You will be convicted, sentenced, and that will go on you Permanent Record and will haunt you for the rest of your life. Your children will not get scholarships and will not even be able to join the Boy Scouts because of the shame you brought upon your family. Even your dog will turn on you. Crows will cover your house and car with crow poop, and the local news media will print pictures of it. Geiger counters will go nuts when you're near them. Your neighbors and co-workers will be required to wear hazmat suits when you are within 100 meters of them. One more ridiculous statement from Kim Jong Un and the United Nations will have you dropped on North Korea. Future historians will regard this is an act of extreme cruelty and barbarism. Satan worshipers will abandon their faith and build temples to you because even Satan will not be able to hold a candle to your bone-chilling evil. Theoretical physicists will prove mathematically that your prologueless epilogue will cause an enormous rift in the space-time continuum, resulting in the utter destruction of the universe.

    But don't let any of this hold you back. Embrace your right to express yourself freely. The voice of an artist must never be silenced!

    /ridiculousness

    :)

    Go ahead and write whatever you want. Just make it good, okay?
     
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    Amazing.
     
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    now THAT was pretty epic!

    do what you feel is right, if it means epilogue, go for it!
     
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    Well, if you're sure....
     
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    Perfect. That's exactly what I was going to say!
     
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    Trish! Nice to see you again. It's been a while. Hope all is well.
     
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    Thank you :) Nice to see you too, Ed! Everything's great, thanks. Hope you're doing well!
     
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    Trish in the house y'all.

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    LMAO! You're awesome J :) Now let's not get me in trouble by taking over a thread :p
     
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    As has been indicated, you can have an eiplogue without having written/included a prologue.

    Whether you desire to keep it another chapter or an epilogue is up to you. In my novels, I have an epilogue and no prologue. I named them epilogue, instead of Chapter 35, or Chapter 41, because the content, structure and pacing was different than the rest of the novel.

    Similarly, one can write a prolouge, but doesn't need to include/write an epilogue.
     
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