Adios Prologue

After much deliberation and the help of my most recent conference – I am putting to rest my prologue.  As a reader, I love prologues – if done well.  They really can grab my attention and throw me into the story.  The problem as a writer – it has to be perfect.  Mine was far from perfect.

My real problem was that I have two stories wrapped around each other. I was trying to start my manuscript with my secondary story and my prologue introduce that second story.  Therefore, the prologue didn’t have anything to do with the story itself.   The prologue often give a back story that helps the story move.  I’ve heard many editors say that if a prologue is done – they will skip it immediately – read the story and then read the prologue.  If the prologue teaches them something that they had missed in the story – then they would consider keeping it.

My change wasn’t hard at all.  If you can imagine – my manuscript has 51 chapters. 41 chapters are devoted to my main story and 10 chapters are devoted to the secondary story.  Truth be told though – the secondary story is really just a single long chapter. My former prologue was the first chapter of 10 I just mentioned. My change consisted of taking the prologue and moving it to chapter 5 of my story.  From there – every 5-7 chapters I would add another piece of the puzzle. It was a fun way of doing it. In the end, I kept the chapter – because it is helpful in the overall story.

What are your feelings, as a reader, about prologues.  If you are a writer…does your idea of a prologue change?

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About earthsdivide

Learning something new can be hard to do. But why not! I love what I do and what I am trying to do. It hasn't been easy but writing is fun to do. To tell a good story takes hard work and a lot of effort, hopefully, I can do both. But if I can't it will still be a great time.
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One Response to Adios Prologue

  1. Jennie B says:

    I used to love prologues until I started writing. I realized that so very few are done right that I would say to any writer to get rid of it. I considered a prologue once (and I kind of had one at the beginning of my book) But someone made me see how bad an idea it really was. It was keeping my story from becoming the strongest it could be. So I would say you made a good choice. Good luck!

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