A WHILE BACK I did a prologue podcast episode about the origins of prologues . I liked researching for that episode. I will probably have another podcast about prologues sometime in the future. But right now I want to talk about the prologue in my novel that almost wasn’t .
Okay my prologue is called The magical world of wonder . It’s very magical indeed. It involves a snow globe, a music box and a werewolf. It’s one of those prologues where there is a character that doesn’t appear anymore throughout the novel again. ( Spoiler alert ).
So like you, I ‘ve heard that prologues are not thought upon lightly.
Because they usually are skipped, sometimes boring or are simply not necessary.
Let me tell you my story about my current prologue. Well I had this same prologue in my first draft . I chose to take it out for my 2nd draft because when I was back in college I had an English professor get ready to read the draft and well he ripped it out because he said he simply did not read prologues.
I was kind of devastated because I worked really hard on it and it has everything to do with the rest of the story .
It’s hard to explain but it’s like a rewind fast forward scene. That can’t really be placed anywhere in the novel itself because the main character doesn’t see it or experience it . But it will bring the story kind of full circle . And the character in the prologue is constantly mentioned throughout the novel by the main character and other characters. . And what happens to the character in the prologue will come back to have heavy consequences on some of the characters within the main story.
So I decided to put it back in my novel. Even if readers skip over it . The readers will probably find themselves going back to it.
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