The Prologue Itself

Prologue means ‘The Beginning’ in fancy talk. Basically an alternative to Chapter One, Though I keep misspelling it as Proglogue for some reason, so Lord knows what that means…

Anyways, what better way is there to start off this little writers resource site, than with a How-To on writing your very own Prologue? The Prologue is the beginning to your book. In most cases, a prologue takes one of two forms.

Form A: – In the Beginning –

This one starts off years and years before your actual story, leading up to the first chapter by the end of the Prologue. Like so (but written poorly): There was an EVIL family, that lived in a dark old mansion. One day, the father murdered everyone in it, cursing his family for all time… Then he fell down a well and died. But his EVIL spirit lived on, haunting the house as a ghost. A ghost that killed people! And so begins the legend, of the HOUSE OF EVIL!!!

At this point, Chapter One would begin with a few goofy teenagers (and their pet dog 😉 ), winding up at the mansion because their van broke down, mysterious things would happen, people would go missing, and the story would practially write itself from there. Basically the prologue gives you a brief backstory to work with for the rest of your plot. Alternatively…

Form B: – A Chapter One In Disguise –

The other kind of prologue, is just a first chapter with a fancy name. Starting from the start of your main plot, with chapter two picking up right where this one ends. Example: I watched Mcfenley hand the suitcase over to the kid, both of them shooting suspicious glances around them. The kid popped the lid open, riffled through the cash with both hands, his eyes alight with greed, and then popped Mcfenley with the little derringer hidden up his sleeve. The crook never saw it coming. I pulled my badge with one hand, and my gun with the other, yelling for the kid to drop it. In a flash he was gone through the back door, and I knew there was no way I could chase him down with my pegleg. Cursing, I hobbled over to the counter and ordered a Big Mac. With extra fries. I’d need it for the case that now lay before me…

And chapter two, while perhaps skipping ahead maybe a few hours or a day in the time line, would continue pretty much from this point on, with our peglegged hero trying to find the kid.

So now that I have defined a Prologue, let me define what a good proglogue is…








The Prologue to the Prologue

So, let me start by writing about the purpose of my website. Unlike most author sites, this is not just a place to hold the obligatory ‘Books’ tab with links to buy all my stuff. That seems to be all that most author sites are, so I’m going to try a little something different. Okay, maybe I do still have a Books tab, but that’s not the main focus of my site (though if you feel like buying a book or two, I certainly wouldn’t stop you).

This is a website about how to be an author. The finer-tuned little details that I would have loved someone to tell me about, before I went through the headache of learning the hard way. I’ll also include some of the broader stuff, the ‘I want to write but don’t know how’ kind of thing, and by all means please feel free to contact me with any questions. There is little that I love more than helping a fellow writer on their way 🙂

Any advice I have to offer, I do not offer through being ‘qualified’. I do not have an English Degree (in fact, despised my English classes) nor any awards to speak of. I am not a full-time author, and work at a Healthfoods store to pay the bills. I’m just a guy, like anybody else. But writing is my passion in life, I have been at it for over twenty years, and even were I so accursed as to be a complete dullard, I can’t have gone for that length of time without picking up a few tips.

So, without further ado, let me end this Prologue to the Prologue, and begin my first real bit of advice (see next post).