What Is A Prologue And How Do You Write One?

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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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