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How to Use Prologues, Part 7, Unexpected Clues

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open book with sketch of 3D pirate and treasure on the left and a sailing ship on the right.
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Hi SErs! It’s a day of Harmony here at Story Empire 🙂 Today, I’d like to talk about Unexpected Clues in a prologue. Here’s a link to the previous post on Foreshadowing.

How do you write unexpected clues into your prologue, and do it well?

  1. Unlike the foreshadowing, which we looked at last time, introducing an unexpected clue means giving something vital away … read on!
  2. With the unexpected clue, you let your reader into a secret. However, this is a secret that your main character doesn’t know about.
  3. In a way, this mimics foreshadowing in that it gives your reader an insight into what’s coming, but in this instance, your reader gets to see the main character stumbling around blind while knowing vital information that the poor protagonist doesn’t. I love this kind of stuff. I sit and yell at them…

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