Tip #1: The Prologue

The Prologue …

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Power of Words

Here’s where I’ll be sharing my experience, limited as it is. I’m not particularly successful and I don’t pretend that my writing is brilliant. However, I have studied a lot of other people’s writing, I’m an avid reader and I’ve even struggled through a couple of writing self-help books. With that in mind, where should we start?

The Prologue

This is always at the start of a novel (if it has a prologue), so I thought we’d begin there. When I wrote Vikingr, my first book, I kicked things off with Chapter 1. Now, I’m beginning to regret it. The prologue is essentially an introduction for the reader. It lets them know the tone of the novel, your writing style and what sort of adventures they have to look forward to.

Why write a prologue?

You don’t have to include one. It isn’t at all compulsory, but it is very useful…

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