Okay, so why do prologues get such a bad rap?
There, I said it.
I have read where some people (agents, writers, editors, whathaveyou) don't like prologues and think they are....lazy writing. (GASP)
Now, I don't want to be a lazy writer. So, what happened was this......
I have a middle grade book that I finished this Fall that I am pleased with, but there was something, something that niggled in the back of my brain that didn't quite feel right. (Anyone who writes knows this feeling...you've done all you can, but there is just a little something that you just wish you knew how to tango with.*) In my case, it was the beginning.
I had started with a prologue, not a strange cryptic one (although I like those quite well), but one which established why the events that were taking place were taking place. (Still with me?) But during revision, I 86ed the prologue and embedded the information within the first chapter. Brilliant, no?
Except that it just wasn't right.
And it's been niggling at the back of my brain ever since.
And then I got over myself and realized that I like a prologue when it's the right prologue. When it makes me more excited about reading the story, or it establishes a knowledge base that is necessary, or when it ups the coolness factor in a book, well, that is a good prologue.
So, I wrote a new beginning, which now includes a p-word and it feels....well....it has stopped niggling. So I suppose that is a good thing.
Lesson: Trust the story.
*Yeah, it's going to niggle in the back of my brain that I ended with a preposition. I'll probably come back and change it later.
If I am feeling very brave, I might post the beginning of the prologue....