Nice of her to say so, but reading it made me realize the first chapter of my WIP is guilty guilty guilty. I spent a great deal of time revising and moving stuff around last week, and I'm still not happy. I think I need to write a prologue.
I originally decided not to write a prologue because having that prologue pushes my story that much closer to being high fantasy, and most of my favorite agents aren't the least bit interested in high fantasy. But maybe that's what the story is,and I kind of like prologues. A great prologue draws a reader right into the story and gives them a sense of background. My novel has an obnoxious amount of backstory (some of which the reader will never know), and it's challenging to work the essentials into the story without force-feeding the reader.
What do you think about prologues?
I've noticed a trend (Twilight, The Sisters Grimm, ect.) where, instead of a prologue, they take the most exciting/dangerous moment in the story and put it at the beginning of the book. They leave the reader hanging at the worst possible moment and then begin the story. How do you feel about those (not sure what to call them)? They certainly made me want to know what was going to happen.
But that isn't what I'm off to write. I'm off to write a prologue.
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