Posts tagged ‘beginning’

September 7, 2011

Just Start Again

I’m not in favour of writing prologues, unless it is more of an introduction and fits on a single page. This is because prologues are boring. They hold up the entry into chapter one, and the real beginning of a story. For me, calling something a prologue is like telling me that it’s optional to read. If it’s worth writing, call it chapter one and start properly.

I try not to write prologues, because they bore me for this reason. I have often found myself writing a prologue for the sake of writing a prologue. Information in the scene before the story (hence pro-logue, the bit before the story happens) can be conveyed in the main bulk of the story.

One of the worst things I find about writing is thinking of a better way to start a book I have already written the beginning for. Beginnings are very important to me for setting the tone, style, progression of a novel. Having to change everything I’ve already written to fit the new beginning is a pain in the arse.

Does anyone here write prologues? Or drop them, like I do?