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I love prologues. Yup, I said it. And most thrillers I've read with them, the prologues are mini stories. Showing not telling. I don't understand why someone would write a telling prologue and show the rest of the novel. They should set up a story and have just as much action as the rest of the novel. I know I'm not wide-read, so I guess the bad prologues must be in another genre than what I normally read. :D

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I didn't think of it in crime stories. How commonly is that done - - show the crime in the prologue, then follow the detective starting in ch. 1?

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Prologues are minefields. I researched for a blog post I'll link to below, but for querying writers, if there is a way around using a prologue, I strongly suggest not using one. If you're not querying, some of the most brutal issues fall away, and it's more of a judgement call.

But, having said all of that, my writing partner opens with a prologue, and it's even an in media res prologue, which is about my least favorite kind, and there is simply no other way to open her novel. Which is the one circumstance I think you should use one with a book you plan to query.


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