Just what is a prologue and should we use one? The definition of a prologue according to Wikipedia is: “A prologue or prolog (Greek πρόλογος prologos, from the word pro (before) and lógos, word) is an opening to a story that establishes the setting and gives background details, often some earlier story that ties into the main one, and other miscellaneous information.”
Soooo … forward to Ingrid’s Notes blog, post “4 types of prologues.” She writes: “ … the first step is to identify what kind of prologue one is writing and the objective of that prologue. We need to know what we’re writing and why, before we let the opinions of what’s ‘in vogue’ influence our writing decisions.”
The four types she writes about are (1) Future Protagonist, (2) Past Protagonist, (3) Different Point of View, and (4) Background Prologue (which by the way, she writes that this is the one that gives a bad rap. If you’re considering using a prologue or not, read her post. Very interesting.
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And here’s a treat. View homes of eight literary legends on the Mashable blog. Enjoy!
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