How to Use Prologues, Part 12, Summary

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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, as promised, we’re here to close up this series on prologues with an easy, at-a-glance summary of the whole topic. For your convenience, I’ve created an A4 downloadable jpeg, which you can save and print if you want to. It details the salient points on prologues. Here’s a link to the previous post on Prologues & Epilogues.

The Downloadable jpeg:

Image created via Canva, with thanks.

To save the jpeg, simply ‘right-click’ and choose ‘save image as’.

TOP TIP: When you write a good prologue and/or epilogue, and have a valid reason for using one, it will enhance your story rather than detract from it.

Remember: There are NO hard-and-fast rules. You can do anything you want, as long as you do it well and with good reason.

That’s it from me today. I hope you’ve found this series of posts useful. I’ve had fun chatting with you all about the many aspects of this topic. I’ll see you again on Monday 27th March, when we’ll start a whole new series about Homonyms 🙂

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The prologue series so far:

Part One, Prologues Overview

Part Two, What a Prologue Is and Isn’t

Part Three, Prologue Dos and Don’ts

Part Four, Does Your Story Need a Prologue?

Part Five, Backstory Delivery

Part Six, Spoilers Ahoy

Part Seven, Unexpected Clues

Part Eight, Outsider’s Report

Part Nine: In Media Res

Part Ten: Recap of Tools

Part Eleven: Prologues & Epilogues

©2023 Harmony Kent

61 thoughts on “How to Use Prologues, Part 12, Summary

  1. Thank you for sharing this information on Prologues. I used one from the point of view of the housekeeper of the family the story is about. I think I made the right choice because she tells the reader about important events from a deferent perspective.

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  2. I have not been able to comment on each part of this series, Harmony, but I have followed (and saved) every post. I am a Prologue Lover from way back, and truly feel not using them at all is a missed opportunity to pull readers into a book. I’ve learned so much from your posts, and really appreciate them. Saved the jpg above, too. Thanks for a GREAT series! 🤗❤️🤗

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  3. What a great idea to put up that neat summary and make it available as an easy-reference jpeg. I particularly liked that you made it so simple to follow that even I managed it first time and in moments! Looking forward to homonyms now – I’ve come across quite a few howlers recently… ♥♥

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