The Makings of a Captivating Prologue: Skill, suspense, backstory and plot

I’ve touched on how not to write a prologue, but today I want to lay out the makings of a really striking prologue. A lot of writing blogs tell you ‘what not to do’, which is always subjective in itself, so let’s explore a great prologue and see why it works. Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers (hisContinue reading “The Makings of a Captivating Prologue: Skill, suspense, backstory and plot”

The Dreaded Prologue

Fact: Prologues in fiction should be avoided. This may be unpopular advice but there are reasons why agents and editors alike refrain from keeping prologues once they begin working on material. Prologues are often backstory and backstory can be added anywhere. They can be distracting when the reader doesn’t know the characters yet and soContinue reading “The Dreaded Prologue”