How to Use Prologues, Part 2, What A Prologue Is and Isn’t 

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about what a prologue is and is not. Here’s a link to the previous post on Prologues Overview. Below is a screenshot of the dictionary definition of the word …

As you can see, a prologue introduces your world and/or sets the stage for the story to follow. A prologue comes from the root “logos”, which means speech, along with the prefix “pro”, which means before. So, together, we have Before Speech. Traditionally, such “before speeches” were given before the start of a theatrical play. These days, they are also used in both the film and fiction industries.

What a Prologue Is:

  1. A prologue gives extra information which enhances the plot
  2. A prologue can be used as a teaser, bringing events forward…

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