It is that time of the week. Thoughts, ideas and questions are exchanged from blogger to author; writer to reader. A weekend of consistent editing and late night reading sparked a topic that is heavily debatable in the literary world – prologues.
Prologues are a double-edge sword
There are two main points for me not using one:
- A lot of books use it as a space for world-building and information dumping. These should be spaced out over the narrative – overloading the reader can determine their motivation to finish your novel.
- The first chapter should hook the reader; why have two hooks?
However, there has been excellent prologues e.g. A Game of Thrones – it has little world-building and information dumping. It plays a key role into what is expected and acts a mini chapter not paragraph after paragraph of waffled on info.
As a reader: what are your thoughts on prologues?
As an author/ writer: do you use a prologue? why/why not?
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