The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

Great advice by Kristen Lamb!

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To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question. The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years, especially with agents. They generally hate them. Why? In my opinion, it is because far too many writers don’t use prologues properly and that, in itself, has created its own problem.

Because of the steady misuse of prologues, most readers skip them. Thus, the question of whether or not the prologue is even considered the beginning of your novel can become a gray area if the reader just thumbs pages until she sees Chapter One.

So without further ado…

The 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues

Sin #1 If your prologue is really just a vehicle for massive information dump…

This is one of the reasons I recommend writing detailed backgrounds of all main characters before…

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One thought on “The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

  1. Kristen makes some really great points. Normally I refuse to do Prologues – but couldn’t make the first book in my series work without one. Then I realized I would have to include it in all the later books.

    Some genre require the world-building.

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