How to Use Prologues, Part 6, Spoilers Ahoy

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

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

  1. This type of prologue teases and entices the reader by showing crucial events to come later in the book.
  2. These events need to hook your reader by piquing their interest, whether this is done via an intriguing, scary, heartwarming, disturbing, terrifying, amusing, or exciting scene, etc. (Did you notice how these all arouse one emotion or another?)
  3. Some books need to open a little more slowly than others, and a ‘spoilers ahoy’ prologue can launch your reader straight into the plot with a promise of the action soon to come. However, this never gives away the plot or…

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