Edit: Prologue in title, clearly :< Hello there people! I just wanted to get a piece of some other mind that is not my own on this subject. Now what I want to do is add a bit of story that happened about 20 years before the actual setting in my book, but heavily influenced and shaped the characters - also set from the perspective of the MC, and I am a bit unsure on how to do it. This has been done a lot I am aware, movies do it all the time - the first Pirates of the Caribbean comes to mind (as it was on the TV a short while ago.) but I am not quite sure how to present it. I was never a fan on prologues, as I think that a lot of the times its used wrongly and might as well have been a chapter, but that is not saying it cannot be done right. I am currently leaning at it coming as a flashback or a dream, most likely dream, at the start of the chapter - meaning the readers wont know its a dream until the MC wakes up. The dream somehow feels very lazy too me however. There is also the possibility of removing the back story and vowing it into the story itself, it was my first plan but it would also result in losing the scene i have pictured before as a whole and the interaction and story would be broken down to bare memories and history. Does anyone else feel like sharing some knowledge, if you have any tips or have been in the same situation, how did you solve it?