Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 3d

Here are 3 things you can do while you're working on your book proposal or manuscript to boost your career as a writer and aspiring author. #amwriting #amediting #pubtip

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 5d

Today's #pubtip: book writing is a really, really terrible career to get into if you just want cool people to like you. Being an agent is a much better choice if that's your personality type. LOL.

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · Oct 4

Here is something you learn over and over when you're a literary agent who reps nonfiction by extremely smart and perceptive people, often about social justice and often by women: the first person to be right about something usually comes off as a little annoying. #pubtip

Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

As I began this thread, a prologue isn't 100% a no go. Rather, it often falls into traps that hurt a story more than it helps.

It's important to examine why you want to include it and how it's operating to improve your story.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

The main questions you should ask if you're writing a prologue are:

1. How is it setting up my story?
2. Can I provide this information in another way?
3. Would I want to read this prologue myself or skip to chapter 1?

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

Often, you can convey a lot of this backstory through internal thought of your character, sensory details, or implications of your world.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

One of the biggest prologue traps I see is an entire chapter of exposition/back story. This can be boring to a reader and throw them out of your story before they even have a chance to meet your character.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

Another issue I see with prologues is we start at a different time period than the first chapter. So not only do we need to bridge a character gap, but a time gap.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

The second problem is we start with high stakes that don't hold their own when we enter the next chapter, creating a disconnect for the reader.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

The problem with this is an attachment to this character is created and then taken away if the next chapter begins with a different character.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

The first trap a prologue can fall into is introducing the reader to a character we never see again in order to create an opening hook.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Oct 3

Meg-O'-Lantern 🎃 @Megan_Manzano

Morning #writers - let's unpack some of the criticism behind prologues.

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To preface this thread, not all prologues are bad/fail to convey a point. Rather, there are certain holes they fall into that actually wind up distancing readers from the story.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Sep 29

While these are basic af examples, they're meant to illustrate how flow can impact message and even allow room for voice.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Sep 29

I walk into the store. The bell above the door dings. I head for the bread.

The above example differs from:

The bell chimes as I enter the store. My eyes scan the aisles as I try to remember what mom asked me to get. I think it was bread?

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Sep 29

Keep an eye out for repetitive words, sentences that are the same length, choppy versus long sentences.

They impact not only how your story flows but how well you're communicating what you need to your reader.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Sep 29

The same can be said if you start a sentence with the same word.

I go to the store. I pick up bread. I want to leave.

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Megan Manzano says Keep Faith Is Out! @Megan_Manzano · Sep 29

This can become monotonous to a reader and lead to a lack of interest/details getting lost.

Without varied sentence structure, one's writing can become like a pattern as opposed to mirroring what's happening in the story, giving voice, etc.

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