Luke’s Coffee, Inappropriate Flirting, and the Best Kind of Prologue

Does your story really need a prologue? Depends on the story, but Lorelai’s definitely did.

Gina Denny
In Omnia Paratus: Life Is Short. Write Well.
8 min readDec 13, 2022

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The first scene of Gilmore Girls is a master class in setting up a story without an info dump. Lorelai is walking down a cute street in a New England town and makes her way into a funky little diner. She begs for coffee and the diner owner obviously knows her. A very young man hits on her in a mildly sleezy way, she rebuffs him with a literary reference. Rory shows…

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Gina Denny
In Omnia Paratus: Life Is Short. Write Well.

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