Before I start, Weronika Janczuk posted my query on her blog "Queries that Worked." Thanks Weronika! Okay, on to today's topic.
Sitting comfortably in my chamber of torture (that is, Revision Hell. And I'm in the fourth circle where I'm revising my revisions. Again.) I recently thought long and hard about using a prologue.
It would save me a lot of trouble, putting valuable backstory in. And then I read several articles about how to write one well:
Where to Begin? When, Where, and How to Write a Prologue
The Prologue — When to Use One, How to Write One
Tips for Novel Writing: Prologues
And then, I decided not to. I am going to dissect my would-be prologue and sprinkle it into my story instead. Having come close to doing a prologue, I have sympathy for those who wish to write them. I've also read some prologues that I really disliked (like an almost word-for-word excerpt from a later part of the book--see the first link above. It's a no-no, according to the author.)
So, just wondering. Love 'em or hate 'em?