To Prologue or Not To Prologue?

Hi y’all,

I’m in the throes of delete key hell at the moment, trying to lose about 20,000 words from Scent Of A Man, the fantasy that I’ve just contracted with Red Sage. It started out at around 90,000 and I need to get it to around 70-75,000 *sobs piteously*

Anyhoo, while I’m on the subject of Scent Of A Man, it has a short, 180 word long prologue. It introduces the heroine and let’s the reader know that she’s just arrived in enemy territory, and she’s on a mission to rescue the hero before he “ripens”. Chapter One launches with the hero’s story, and remains in his POV for the next few chapters.

Now, I’m undecided about prologues, even though many of my manuscripts feature them, LOL. So over at Writers Gone Wild today, my topic is: To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question!

BTW, this is mega-important stuff, people, because if I do decide to delete the prologue from Scent Of A Man, that’s a whole 180 words off my total ;-)



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