How to Use Prologues, Part 5, Backstory Delivery

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about Backstory Delivery in a prologue. Here’s a link to the previous post on Does Your Story Need a Prologue?

So far in this post series we’ve looked at what a prologue is and isn’t, what to do and not to do when using a prologue, and whether or not your story needs a prologue. From here on in, we’re going to move on to how to apply various aspects of a prologue. Today, we’ll take a look at backstory delivery.

How do you write significant backstory into your prologue, and do it well?

  1. When using a prologue to describe significant prior events, you need to ask yourself two things: a). What characters need introducing right now? and b). What events need introducing right now?
  2. Both…

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