So here’s the question: When should you use a prologue in your story?
I mean, on the one hand, it can help set the scene for the opening chapter. But on the other hand, isn’t that kind of like cheating? Shouldn’t your opening chapter be able to stand on its own?
This isn’t a rhetorical question. I would really like to know what you think. My first story, Dragons at Dawn, didn’t use a prologue. My second story, Finding Valhalla, does. The only reason it does is because the story is being told from the first person perspective of my heroine, and I thought it would be cool to open with a very brief insight into the mind of the villain from a third person perspective. It is actually a completely superfluous scene and I may end up cutting it later.
So please let me know what you think of prologues. Have you ever used one? If so, what were your reasons? Did you regret it later? If you didn’t use one, did you later wish you did?