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Offline mariseli

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Formatting Prologue in MS
« on: April 09, 2018, 08:52:33 AM »
This is a minor thing, but I have a brief prologue in my MS and I was wondering if people usually insert a header above prologues, and, if so, what? It's not the first chapter, so I wouldn't be labelling it CHAPTER ONE.

The prologue is a brief newspaper article that talks about something that happens in the book nine days after the first chapter starts.

Offline TigerAsh

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Re: Formatting Prologue in MS
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018, 01:23:23 PM »
This is a minor thing, but I have a brief prologue in my MS and I was wondering if people usually insert a header above prologues, and, if so, what? It's not the first chapter, so I wouldn't be labelling it CHAPTER ONE.

The prologue is a brief newspaper article that talks about something that happens in the book nine days after the first chapter starts.


To answer your question, it’s up to you whether or not you put a header, which can just say PROLOGUE, DATE/TIME, CHARACTER (POV), or whatever you choose. There’s no one correct title for a prologue, and I’ve seen many prologues not have a title at all.

With that said, just make sure the prologue is necessary. Some agents/editors shy away from a book with a prologue if they find it’s not needed. I haven’t read your book so I don’t know whether or not yours is; however I noticed that you said it talks about something that happens after chapter one, so I wonder if you should somehow work it into the story (after chapter one) instead.

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Re: Formatting Prologue in MS
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2018, 10:16:55 AM »
Thank you TigerAsh! That helps a lot--and yeah, I'm still on the fence about the prologue, but it's super short and I think it helps build mystery/suspense...