I commented thusly on the original blog: I think it’s fairly simple: you do what it takes to tell the story! I love the Dirk Pitt Novels. All of them have prologues unless things have changed in the last year. If a prologue helps you tell your story, then use a prologue. If it doesn’t, then don’t. I could be entirely wrong, but if successful authors are using prologues and it helps the story, why take advice from someone who may not like them?” So what do y’all think? Can we get a discussion going?
I recently read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding the subject of prologues. They suggest that the prologue is a retired writing style and that most likely I wouldn’t want to use it in todays writing community. This creates a big problem for me.
Being a writer of paranormal based materials, usually a small portion of my novels take place in the past. Some sort of horrible murder, or perhaps a witches action may create a problem or cast a spell that will come to fruition at some point in the future. In my mind, this creates a need for a prologue. Or does it?
How does one include a scene in ones novel regarding the history of an inanimate object or something else of the like that no one is still alive to relay the story of? I suppose that it could be written in history books, or in…
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