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  • Janice Brantle
    Sep 15

    I don't know about you, but I like to be grabbed by the book immediately. I want something that's going pull me into the book and make me want to read more. Some say an excellent prologue would do that. Others say that adding a prolog is a lazy way or an inexperienced writer's trick. So what is a prologue anyway? According to Scribendi Inc: A prologue is used to give readers extra information that advances the plot. It is included in the front matter and for a good reason! Authors use them for various purposes, including: * Giving background information about the story. For example, in a sci-fi book, it may be useful to include a description of the alien world, perhaps in a scene that illustrates its essential characteristics and functioning, so as not to confuse readers by plunging them into a completely foreign world in the first chapter (and having to explain it then or leave them lost, which may lead to disinterest). * Grabbing readers' attention with a scene from the story. The author could pick an exciting scene from the middle of the story to draw readers in and make them want to keep reading. * Describing a scene from the past that is important to the story, such as a fire where the main character's father is killed, which is the motivation for the action in the novel.Giving information from a different point of view. The story is written in first person, and the Prologue is in third person. The Prologue focuses on a secret of one of the characters (which the main character would have no way of knowing, and the author would not otherwise be able to tell the reader due to the first person perspective). * Expressing a different point in time. For example, the Prologue may be about the main character who is in her eighties and who is remembering her childhood, which is when the story takes place (and which begins in Chapter 1) ( As with anything, you, the author, has to decide what is best for your body of work. I always say that writing a story is personal to the author. They have creative control. Now, authors may need assistance with a few techniques, but the creative part is all up to them. Don't be afraid to explore
  • Janice Brantle
    Mar 17

    I believe the book was right on time for today’s dating scene. With online dating and social media, it’s easy to get involved with someone that you really don’t know or really didn’t qualify – meaning you didn’t do the work to see if the potential partner has the qualities you are looking for or has the mental capacity to be present in a committed relationship. I loved the fact that book emphasized the necessity of men stepping up to the plate and taking responsibility for their actions in relationships. You rarely see that. Self-help books, blogs etc. always advise the woman to be the super sleuths to find out all she can about the potential mate and make sure that she guards her hart. Yes, I agree that women still have to be diligent in guarding her heart but I do feel strongly that men have an important role in protecting her as well has his heart as well. I believe it’s high time that men and women start acting like adults when it comes to pursuing relationships, say and do what you mean. Lastly, I felt that when the author demonstrated that the principles in this book work by revealing he went back and made it right with his college sweetheart. That shows the reader that by doing the work, loving yourself and being open to the process you can actually have solid relationships. Get your copy
  • Janice Brantle
    Mar 5

    The thing that I get asked the most as an author is how do you write – meaning, do you outline your project first or do you just jump in. I know there’s so much information out there that says you should outline your project, develop your plot, and characters. But, I’m a little different. I like to see where the story takes me first. Writers know that when you start a project, the characters seem to take over and go where they please. You may have a story about Sally and Jim building a life together in harmony when all of a sudden Sally sees Bob, who’s intriguing in ways Jim is not. The next thing you know Sally is chasing Bob, who has no clue about it and Jim is plotting to kill him because he lost Sally because of him. Let your characters in your story guide you. You can always come back and outline and develop them a bit once you get going. In fact, I definitely, do that a lot. I jump in and start writing the story and then come back to outline it. I improve my plots as well as the characters by circling back to outline the story. I feel the story is more genuine this way. However, if you feel that you need a guideline or map, by all means, outline the story. But have the courage to let your stories grow organically. Let your stories breath a life of their own. You’ll be happy you did.