How to Use Prologues, Part 10, Recap of Tools

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to summarise the tools available for prologues, seeing as we’ve covered a lot so far. Here’s a link to the previous post on In Media Res in Prologues.

Tools for Prologues:

  1. Backstory Delivery
  2. Spoilers Ahoy
  3. Unexpected Clues
  4. Outsider’s Report
  5. In Media Res

Backstory Prologue Summary:

A Backstory Delivery prologue will introduce either both the characters and events or one of these elements to provide a crucial key, or keys, to the reader about what follows in the main story. This prologue will provide information important to understanding the plot, and/or the world, etc. Use this narrative to introduce an element of mystery and make your reader question and want to know what happens next. Standalone events are excellent ways of introducing a much broader theme/issue to your readers without…

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