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02 April 2011 @ 08:00 pm
To prologue, or not to prologue...  
How do you feel about prologues? Do you find them useful to engage readers right off the get-go? Or, do you find that they sometimes give away too much information, and you inevitably figure out what twist happens before you really should?

Ultimately, what you do feel is the goal of a prologue? And do you find they are used predominently in a particular genre?

The reason I ask is, I feel as though the novel I've been writing on and off for the past few years has started with one, but I'm not sure if I've utilized it to its full potential, or I'm just using it as a piss-poor chapter holder?

Secondly, if one prologues - is one obligated to epilogue too?

I'd love to hear your thoughts! ♥
Current Mood: curiouscurious
PaintedTeacherLadydivinitus on April 3rd, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
"What is it about your prologue that makes it different from the rest of the chapters? Is it told from a different point of view, or is it set it the past/future?"

Excellent question - and I think that is what I need to ask myself! Honestly, it is told from the protagonist at a different time in her life.

This has given me something to think of, and goes with what others are stating - prologues are good, so long as the content isn't something that can be easily put into the body of work.