Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Efficacy of Prologues vs. Starting in the Middle
Novels, especially in the genre of Fantasy have long relied on prologues which give exposition for the reader so that they can understand the fictional world’s origins and major conflicts. There is another approach which has been used which is to start in the middle of the conflict, and explain origins later as the action is moving.
Explore the pros and cons of both approaches, and make suggestions for what kind of stories work best with the two approaches.