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About Kevin L. Nielsen

I write books. I like cheese and dragons.

Prologues – What good do they do?

I enjoy reading and writing epic (or high) fantasy novels.  One of the common elements of that genre is a proclivity of prologues.  Here’s the thing though.  Prologues are a divisive subject in the writing world.  Some people hate them.  Some people love them.

Me?  Well, as with most things in life, it depends on the prologue.  If it fulfills its purpose, it’s good.  If it doesn’t it’s bad and shouldn’t really be in the book.  That’s not to say the information isn’t useful, just isn’t as important to the book.

So, what’s the purpose of a prologue?  I’ll tell you.

The purpose of a prologue (or even a first chapter sometimes) is to set the tone, make promises, and set the stage for the climax/theme of the story.

That’s it.   If a prologue doesn’t do that, it’s unnecessary.  I’ve included a couple examples below.

Successful Prologue(s):  

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Unsuccessful Prologue(s):

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What are your thoughts on prologues?  Are there more to add to these lists?  Let me know in the comments!

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Shatter: By Nikki Trionfo

When I finally gave in (sarcasm warning) and decided to take writing seriously, one of the first people I met was the enigmatic and exceedingly energetic Nikki Trionfo.  I met her at Frank Cole’s book launch party for Afterlife Academy, though we’d had some interaction online prior to that.  I found her to be smart, funny, extremely optimistic, and, overall, one of the most genuine people I’d ever met.

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Now, almost two years later, she’s releasing her debut novel, Shatter.

I’ll be honest and also beg forgiveness all at once.  I haven’t been able to read it yet.  Life circumstances (*read this as “baby #3 being due any day now and lots of day job shifts) have made it impossible to find the time to get it completely read.  However, I couldn’t miss the chance to help her out in her debut week.  That’s an important moment in the life of newly published author.

When I finish the book (and I will, trust me) I will post a review.  However, prior to that, I’m going to share the book description and encourage you to give the book a try if you enjoy YA murder mysteries (here’s looking at you, mom – murder mysteries have always been your thing).

Shatter Blurb

“We never knew there could be people in the orchard. Dangerous people.”

When a mysterious explosion kills her sister, Salem becomes convinced the death was no accident–it was a conspiracy. But no one else at her high school believes her, and all she has so far are theories and clues. With Carrie’s killers still out there, Salem’s not sure who she can trust. If she can’t she prove she’s right before it’s too late, the conspiracy might take another life—hers

About Nikki:

Nikki Trionfo lives in Riverton, Utah with five kids, a CrossFit-training husband who writes computer code, and lots of hip hop background music. Her teen murder mystery, SHATTER (May ’17 from Cedar Fort), won grand prize in LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Alongside Heather Clark, she hosts free writing webinars on YouTube at #50FirstChapters.

A committed party-girl, Nikki serves as the social coordinator of LDStorymakers Conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. Other notable stuff includes an honorable mention in Writers of the Future and a spot in Utah Horror Writer’s shorty-story anthology. This all sounds really serious, but if you run into her, she gets down. Truly.

Give it a whirl if the blurb piques your interest.  I’ll share my review here once I’ve had time to finish the book (which will be after the baby comes).

Read on!

 

Special thanks to the Dragon Queen, Jenna Eatough, for working on my website.  She is the Master of all Dragonkind.

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