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    Prologue?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Cerrus, Feb 9, 2011.

    Hey guys, I was wondering if a story had to have a prologue. I usually skip over the prologue and start from chapter 1 in a book, but do you HAVE to write one? I'm not really sure what I would write as the prologue anyway.
     
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    No you don't need a prologue.
     
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    It's almost always better not to have a prologue.
     
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    Quite often prologues are little more than info dumps with minimal-- if any-- action. If you can't think of a reason to write one, or what to write in it, you definitely don't need one.
     
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    I wrote a prologue for one of my books, which was a scene for the purpose of establishing suspense that the first chapter otherwise wouldn't have. I don't really appreciate prologues which are essentially info dumps either.
     
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    If it's short, sweet, relevant & tactfully done. Otherwise, you're probably better off writing it as a stand alone novel or not at all.
     
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    Prologues? We're talking about prologues?
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    Sorry, I had an AI moment.
     

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