I recently read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding the subject of prologues. They suggest that the prologue is a retired writing style and that most likely I wouldn’t want to use it in todays writing community. This creates a big problem for me.
Being a writer of paranormal based materials, usually a small portion of my novels take place in the past. Some sort of horrible murder, or perhaps a witches action may create a problem or cast a spell that will come to fruition at some point in the future. In my mind, this creates a need for a prologue. Or does it?
How does one include a scene in ones novel regarding the history of an inanimate object or something else of the like that no one is still alive to relay the story of? I suppose that it could be written in history books, or in some arcane language of some sort somewhere…It just doesn’t seem plausible to me to use this though. To me, a prologue is a much more efficient way of presenting the information.
Again, looking for input here. What do you think? To prologue, or not to prologue? Is it really passe’?