I love prologues. I don’t think I ever feel freer as I a writer as I do when I’m writing a prologue. They put the story into perspective, and I’m able to write what I want however I want to. Prologues make me feel like an artist and isn’t that how every writer longs to feel?
As I’m finishing up my novel, I watch out for articles and discussions on writing and publishing. I’ve seen many mentions of prologues being lazy and that the backstory would be stronger if it were laced into the story.
So, though I have loved the prologues I have written in the past, I wondered if the one if I had written for my novel had a true purpose. After reading it with a critical eye, I realized it did have a purpose. It had a purpose if the purpose I was going for was summarizing the entire concept of the story. That’s definitely not something I was going for when I wrote it.
I find many lines of the prologue to be clever and some even beautiful. It’s some of my best writing in the whole book, but it’s not necessary and in the end, I knew what had to be done. The prologue had to go.
It was a hard decision to make, but in the end, my novel will be stronger for it. It gave me the opportunity to learn how my character viewed her story as a whole.
My prologue isn’t lost, though. It won’t live in a document for no one else to ever see. It’s found a new purpose, but I’ll get to that next time.
As a reader, how do you feel about prologues? As a writer, do you write them? And if you do, do you use them?
Goals: Paisley is outlined to 18 chapters, but in case something changes as it tends to do, it could be 19. It’s unlikely to be 17, but I’d never rule that out. I’m excited to say that I’m writing chapter 16 now.