How long can a prologue be, and what should you not do?

Asked by: Lori Garza

The length of a prologue depends on the nature of the story, but it’s best to keep it trim. One to five pages should suffice. “I don’t mind prologues if they fit the story, and I do like them fairly short,” says agent Andrea Hurst, president of Andrea Hurst & Associates.

What should you not do in a prologue?

Prologue Don’ts

  • Using a prologue as a place for a massive dump… …
  • A boring prologue (that readers want to skip to get to chapter one). …
  • A prologue that has nothing to do with the main story. …
  • Prologues that are too long. …
  • Using the prologue to hook the reader as the sole purpose.

How many words long should a prologue be?

Some sites suggest no more than 1,000 words while others say up to 3,000 words is an adequate number. If it helps, my average chapter is about 1.5K words.

What is the longest prologue ever?

The term “Longest Prologue Ever” is popularly used to describe the first part of Kingdom Hearts II, and was even a former Trope Namer. The game’s prologue with Roxas takes between three to five hours to complete.

Can my prologue be long?

The length of a prologue depends on the nature of the story, but it’s best to keep it trim. One to five pages should suffice. “I don’t mind prologues if they fit the story, and I do like them fairly short,” says agent Andrea Hurst, president of Andrea Hurst & Associates.

Can a prologue be more than one chapter?

You can have multiple prologues, but that’s only because as a writer you get to do whatever the heck you want.

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What makes a good prologue?

A good prologue should set the scene for the story to come. This may include: Introducing important characters and themes. Setting out backstory required to follow the main narrative.

How long is a prelude in a book?

Readers often like to get right to the body of the book. Keep your preface brief. One to two pages is the ideal length to get your points across.