Monday, July 26, 2010

Prologue - What Do You think?

Confusing, to say the least, this Prologue thing.

Some say that prologue is completely unnecessary, that the story should begin somewhere in the middle. You could say that there is a place within the story itself that you could position the same information to allow for a slower progression of facts. Some even say that a prologue serves more like an information dump.

What do you think?

Should the narrative not be front-loaded, for running the danger of giving away too much?

Talk about feeling cheated. I don’t have the answers for these questions. But what I do know is that you don’t want your prologue to be too obvious.

You want to leave some room for guessing!

What do you think?

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Prologues are hard. You have to catch the reader's interest right away in it. And then in the first chapter, you have it to do all over again.

From what I can tell, prologues work well when there's a significant gap in time, or when there's a significant gap in the action.