Busting Out the Prologue Prompt!
It is Tuesday! That means it is time for a Prompt. I guess everyday should be time for a Prompt, but today is begging for a Prompt.
Since it is still early, I wanted to make sure today’s Prompt had enough steam to keep the writing going all day. So today’s journey will be going into the scary and dark places of a thing called the Prologue. Writing the beginning of your story can be hard, writing the pre-beginning of your story is almost mind-numbing. The stuff of writers block. Unless you are like Patrick Rothfuss and have a magical mind that can crank out delicious Prologues.
A snippet from the Prologue of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
It was night again. The Waystone Inn lay in silence, and it was a silence of three parts.
The most obvious part was a hollow, echoing quiet, made by things that were lacking. Inside the Waystone a pair of men huddled at one corner of the bar. They drank with quiet determination, avoiding serious discussion of troubling news. In doing this they added a small, sullen silence to the larger, hollow one. It made an alloy of sorts, a counterpoint.
The third silence was not an easy thing to notice. If you listened for an hour, you might begin to feel it in the wooden floor underfoot and in the rough, splintering barrels behind the bar.
This isn’t the whole Prologue but just a sampler, a tease, a taste of one of my favorite books. Why have I posted this? I wanted to get the Prologue juices flowing.
PROMPT – Write a Prologue. This Prologue doesn’t have to be for a book, doesn’t have to be for anything. Just give a quick view into a world that you want to write.
Hope this gets the cobwebs out of the writing shed.
Have a fun Tuesday,
Sir Drewster III