Hey, just wanted to ask if you think that it’s a good idea to include a prologue. I normally do, so I can set the basis for my first chapter, but if I’m still not sold on the concept. If anyone could make or break it, that would be perfect!
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Prologues are fine – they give readers a general idea of what you’re book is about, so, yeah go for it!
I think if it makes sense, and it isn’t just a data dump, then prologues are totally fine.
Actually I sort of had a question about that too! Is it acceptable to have a prologue (idk if it’s technically a prologue or not) with the POV of someone who’s not the protagonist at the beginning of a story? I had planned on making it 1 chapter, but I liked the random side characters in it so I decided to expand it to 3 chapters. Is that a bad idea, to have all this extra stuff before the main character is even introduced? I feel like it would help with world-building, but idk
Yes, that’s perfectly fine – just make sure you don’t confuse readers. Any other questions? : )
That’s it for now thanks!
There’s a Novella called Heart of Darkness, which I think does this quite nicely. I believe the technique is called frame narration, although it’s not in the prologue per se because it was written in 1899 before they were a thing?
I love Heart of Darkness! I’d forgotten it started out that way
Yeah haha I just wrote an essay on it like twenty minutes ago so…
No problem! If you ever need help with anything else, I’m here
I’m currently trying to write 1,000 words a day and I want to finish a short story I’ve been publishing.
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That’s a great goal! I should try and do that too lol
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I think I heard Stephen King say that in a TedTalk (I could be wrong about that) so I thought it was a good start
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