Do you know the difference in a prologue and epilogue?

And

How do you know when a story needs one or both?

My current work in progress (WIP) has a short introduction (prologue.) So, I thought doing a little research on the subject might be in order. After all, I do want the reader to read past the first couple of pages. Right?

Here’s what I learned about the two.

  • A writer can use both to bookend a novel or use just one.
  • A prologue is where you can introduce something important to the story.
  • An epilogue is the cherry on top. The ending after the ending.

What I learned about a prologue.

A prologue should include one or all the three elements.

  1. Setting/fictional world and how the character came to be there.
    • Set the stage with a frame of reference for the reader.
  2.  An event key to the story and a character’s response.
    • Describe with action and suspense, not just adjectives.
    • Perfect place to let the event introduce a theme.
  3. Create intrigue.
    • Set up the reader to keep reading.

My WIP prologue includes #2 & 3.

I’ve not given much thought to epilogues before today. Although, I do enjoy reading a good one that wraps up a story. Especially a book that kept me on edge from beginning to end. A good epilogue relieves tension and enables me to tie all the dangling pieces together in one big knot.

What I learned about writing an epilogue.

  1. Wrap everything up into “happily ever after.”
  2. An epilogue can be used to hint or introduce a sequel.
  3. A place for the characters to reflect on the story.
  4. Show growth and change in a character.

Want to know more? Then drop to the end and click on a few terrific links.

But first…

Me Let's Discuss - Jeanswriting.comHave you ever written a prologue or epilogue for a book?

Do you plan on writing either for your WIP?

Do you like reading either in books?

Or, do you think books are better without either one?

What did I forget?

Talk to me in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Framing the Novel: The Prologue and the Epilogue By Reba White Williams

What is a prologue (and epilogue)? Examples and tips

Parts of a Novel: What is Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Prologue, and Epilogue?

Prologue & Epilogue

 

Do you really know what makes up a story?

Beginning, Middle, and End.

Okay, but what makes up those three pieces?

We can’t simply write:

  1. Beginning: She opened up the store each morning.
  2. Middle: She sold groceries all day.
  3. End: She closed the store at night.

No one would buy that story because it’s not a story.

What is the truth about the 3 story parts?

How do we cut it into bite-size, swallowable pieces? After all, none of us wants to choke on our own words.  

Once again, better writers than I prevail. Thanks to  over at The Creative Penn for sharing the solution by author Michaelbrent Collings

In his post, Mr. Collings breaks down the three parts of a story and how to apply them in very simple terms. So simple even I got it. LOL

Beginning: Starts with a wish/dream for something or someone.

  • Excuses Protagonist gives for not reaching for the dream.
  • Until something happens to turn the wish into a desire.

Middle: The Desire

  • Make a TO-DO list to help achieve the desire.
  • What tools, help, actions will Protagonist need to get said desire.

End: The Achievement

  • Protagonist either gets or doesn’t get heart’s desire.

Be sure and click on this link and read the entire article…

Writing Fiction: This Is How You Write A Story By Michaelbrent Collings 

Talk to me…

Did you learn anything new about story structure?

Did you find he simplified the writing process a bit?

Got any tips to share with me about keeping writing simple?

 

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