Prologue or Chapter 1??

by Betty K

Question: I start my latest book with a small newspaper item that is important to the plot. It is three paragraphs (about 9 lines) all italicized. Is this too short to be a Prologue or should I just put it at the start of Chapter 1.

The first scene follows on this news item.

Answer: I don't know if it is too short, but putting it at the start of Chapter 1 might satisfy those who have a bias against prologues.

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