Daily Writing Check-in: January 21, 2016

Words/Time:  308 words of writing practice followed by half an hour of working on “Pursuit of Power.” Sort of. I got it into my head that the prologue I wrote for the novel wasn’t going to work for it anymore, because it focuses on the greater mystery that won’t be solved in this book. So the prologue is unrelated enough to not be worth including. And then I had a sudden idea for a different prologue. Not that there has to be a prologue, I know, and therein lies the problem. One of the problems. First, the idea I have for a prologue, which is actually directly related to the main villain in “Pursuit of Power” would be a rather long prologue. And second, in doing some research for how long is too long for a prologue (I know there’s no set length, but I went looking for opinions), I found out that prologues are actually strongly disliked in general. I didn’t realize so many people just skip the prologue. I’ve never been that kind of person, but apparently many are.

Is the story of how the villain (who you won’t even meet in the book for a while) became who or what he/she is, which isn’t integral to the story, of interest? I suppose that’s too vague a question, because that could be anything from a kid who wasn’t loved enough and vowed to never be in a position to need anyone again to a guy whose entire DNA was rewritten and he became a literal monster.

So some questions for anyone who comes across this post:
Do you generally read or skip prologues in books? What kind of information do you hate or love to see in a prologue?

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2 thoughts on “Daily Writing Check-in: January 21, 2016

  1. That’s a really great question and one I’ve been grappling with as well. My story does have a prologue. It’s had a prologue from day one and it will the day it’s published 😉 I don’t have a real problem with a prologue unless it’s comprised of information that won’t ever come into play again. I think that introducing your villain in the prologue would be fantastic. It presents their story without detracting from the protagonist’s. Again, I’m probably biased when it comes to this. I have a prologue and epilogue in each of my stories, for the reason of great time jumps. If your prologue relates to the story being told and you believe it’s valuable to the tale then keep it 🙂
    Hope that makes sense 😉

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    • I’ll probably go with the prologue idea for now, see how long it ends up. It should provide some excitement right out of the gate, and if anyone skips it, it’s their loss. It was really weird to learn that so many people skip prologues. I always figure it’s part of the story, so I’m going to read it. If the prologue is too long/boring to get through, I suppose I may skip into the story, but if the story draws me in quickly enough to keep me from just giving up on the book altogether, I usually go back and read the rest of the prologue before long.

      Thanks for your feedback!

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