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prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:29 am
by jackitaylor
I have a secondary character who is not who he claims to be, it won't be revealed until the end. I am considering leading into that with a prologue, in the voice of that character. So throughout most of the book, the prologue will seem to have nothing to do with the content of the book, until the end when it will make sense. The prologue may be the only clue about the surprise at the end. The prologue also leads into a broader story arc, going past just this story. It's too early for me to say it will be a trilogy, but for now, it will be two books, i"m pretty sure. Does this sound like a good reason to prologue? would the prologue seeming to have nothing to do with that story just be too confusing?

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:22 am
by Oldtimer
[quote="jackitaylor"]I The prologue may be the only clue about the surprise at the end. The prologue also leads into a broader story arc, going past just this story. It's too early for me to say it will be a trilogy, but for now, it will be two books, i"m pretty sure. Does this sound like a good reason to prologue? would the prologue seeming to have nothing to do with that story just be too confusing?[/quote]

Is the surprise going to come at the end of the first book, or at the end of the second/third part? I'd be tempted to repeat the prologue at the beginning of all books to keep the prediction in readers' minds. Will the first book be a stand-alone, or a stepping stone to the next part?

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:52 am
by jackitaylor
the surprise wil be at the end of the first book, but the character will be active in the second book, with his true identity known. the first book should be able to stand alone, as a completed story, although will end with a new problem that the main characters will have to work on, giving way to a sequel or continuation of the story.

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:44 am
by Brien Sz
I'd watch that or come up with a better alternative. Agents generally don't like prologues because most writer's don't know how to utilize them. Secondly, some readers may skip the prologue because generally, you can, and not miss the point of the book.

When you secondary character, how would position that? For example, Dan Brown's bad guy (Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code) was one of the secondary characters in the novel.

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:48 am
by jackitaylor
I don't understand your question, can you rephrase? Are you asking if it is a secondary character or if the character is a bad guy or a good guy?

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:16 pm
by wdarcy
Jacki, your idea sounds good to me. And despite what you may have heard, there is nothing wrong with prologues. Plenty of thrillers have them. I believe every one of Steven James's novels begins with a lengthy prologue, usually something that at first seems to have nothing to do with the main story, and whose meaning is revealed only later. Some agents may not like prologues, but some agents dislike sex scenes, some dislike profanity, some dislike graphic violence, etc. You can't worry about what every agent may or may not like. As far as readers skipping prologues, perhaps some do, but that's their problem. Some readers skip lengthy descriptions.

Make your prologue grab the reader's attention and hold it. That's the key.

--Warren

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:41 pm
by jackitaylor
Thanks for the thumbs up wdarcy! I might post the prologue, just to see if anybody thinks it grabs attention.

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:44 pm
by wdarcy
[quote="jackitaylor"]Thanks for the thumbs up wdarcy! I might post the prologue, just to see if anybody thinks it grabs attention.[/quote]


Yes, post it in the proper critique forum. And please call me Warren! :)

--Warren

Re: prologue

PostPosted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:19 am
by jackitaylor
Actually, this is something that wasn't the original plot or idea. This character was supposed to die near the end, like the other "bad guys" lol, but when i was working on his background and development, i discovered he was far more interesting than I thought, to where I wanted to be able to write about him more and know him better. strange, or perhaps not so strange.