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…








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