Should Your Novel Have a Prologue?

Or should you just start with chapter one?

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A student in my novel-writing class recently asked, “Should my novel have a prologue?” While there’s really no hard and fast rule about prologues, there are a few questions to ask to determine if a prologue is right for your novel.

What is a prologue?



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Michelle Richmond

Michelle Richmond


New York Times bestselling author of THE MARRIAGE PACT — I help writers complete their first novels at Books at