How To Determine If Your Novel Needs A Prologue

Rachel Poli

Prologues are such a hit or miss. Some people love them and some people hate them… though I tend to see more people hate them than love them.

I personally don’t mind prologues. As long as they’re done the right way.

How to determine if your novel needs a prologueWhat is a prologue?

A prologue is the pre-chapter of a book. It goes before the first chapter and acts as an introduction of sorts. Prologues can try to accomplish a few different things:

  • Peek into the future
  • Delve into the past
  • Shine some light on a certain character

Prologues can, I believe, do more than that, but those are the most common I’ve seen. (They’re also the types of prologues I’d prefer.)

Do you really need a prologue?

Before you write the prologue, ask yourself,

  • What will my prologue accomplish? How will it contribute to the story?

If the answer is anything that I stated above or something…

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