What Is A Prologue And How Do You Write One?

Think of your favorite TV series — specifically an episode that began with a heart-pumping scene that led to a cliffhanger. And suddenly, you see a caption with something like “72 Hours Earlier.” 

That’s a type of prologue. In books, it draws the reader right into the story, immediately making them wonder what on earth led to the crisis — and how it will end. 

Does a book need a prologue? No. But depending on your story, it might draw your readers in more quickly.

But what exactly is a prologue? And should your story have one?

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15 Compelling Character Archetypes To Consider For Your Book

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As a writer, you want your characters (especially your protagonist) to resonate with your readers. They should be larger than life but still believable. And over centuries of storytelling, archetypal characters have played a larger role than others. 

The Swiss psychoanalyst, Carl Gustav Jung, having studied ancestral roots and the collective unconscious, defined 12 original archetypes. More on that in a bit. 

You’ll see the value of his research as you look through the character archetypes list below. And you’ll see how the skillful use of archetypes is essential to creating unforgettable characters. 

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The Best List Of 101 Hobbies For Your Book Characters

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When was the last time you were reading a novel and learned about a hobby you shared with one of your favorite characters?

Just like that, you feel more connected to them. 

And honestly when are you not curious about character interests?

They seem more human when they have hobbies. 

But when you’re writing a story of your own, how do you know which hobbies to give your characters?

That’s what the character hobbies list below will help with. 

And the better you know each of your characters, the more likely the right hobbies will stand out for you. 

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101 Of The Most Clever Dialogue Writing Prompts

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Sometimes the best way to get a story started is with a stirring piece of dialogue. I’m talking about the kind of conversation that draw us right in and make us wonder what’s going on.

Welcome to Authority Pub’s own collection of interesting dialogue ideas.

Think of them as the first line in a conversation you can take in whatever direction you like.

Think of the possibilities as you read through the 101 dialogue prompts below. Imagine what your readers might expect. Then surprise them.

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23 Of The Best Cities For Writers To Live And Work

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You’ve been thinking about it — moving to a place that inspires you in your writing. Even better if the city is full of bookstores and has an active writing community.

You’ve looked at a few tantalizing options. But some of the most literary cities on the planet aren’t necessarily the best places to live. Some are well beyond your budget. Others don’t have everything you need.

Welcome to Authority Pub’s own list of 23 of the best places for writers to live.

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108 Engaging And Creative Nonfiction Writing Prompts

Read our collection of nonfiction writing prompts that will definitely help you in your next nonfiction book.

So you want to write a nonfiction book. Good for you! What are you going to write about?

I know. That question stumps most everyone.

What indeed? Coming up with creative nonfiction ideas isn’t for the faint of heart.

Nonfiction is a big, broad genre of book writing, and narrowing it down to an area in which you have some expertise, background, or interest can be daunting.

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61 Imaginative Science Fiction Writing Prompts

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Your favorite science fiction series (or movie) has got you thinking of writing a sci-fi novel.

This is the world you live in, after all (at least part-time). It makes sense you’d want to write in it, too. 

You’re just not sure where to start — or which science fiction story ideas to explore. 

The possibilities are overwhelming. That’s where this list of 61 sci-fi writing prompts comes in.

We’ve divided them into six groups, based on popular sub genres. 

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