Prologues and Epilogues

This is an episode of Matt Gemmell's Trouble With Writing, a podcast with focused, hard-won techniques for solving all the problems you might encounter when planning, writing, and editing novels. Brief and to-the-point, with episodes you can listen to in any order.

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Prologues and Epilogues

There's no need to avoid prologues and epilogues, as long as you don't let them get in the way of the story.

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Episode Notes

When you read articles about how to write novels, you’ll often encounter the advice that you shouldn’t use prologues, or perhaps even epilogues. As with many pieces of well-meant advice in life, it’s an over-generalisation which errs on the side of caution. The real advice should be to avoid using prologues and epilogues poorly.

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