First post here, but I don’t think it breaks the rules but we shall see!

So, I am in the middle of writing a fantasy novel (Stormlight Archives is baseline inspiration, not so much in the aesthetic but the style of writing). I guess I should say I am in the middle of preparing to write a novel, as no words have been etched in ink yet. I’m struggling with the introduction. Originally, my plan was to start in the middle of a battle with creatures known as “the Ashen” (tentative title). Anyway, he gets stabbed through the chest and eventually dies. That would be the prologue. First chapter would open up again with him, giving no indication as to what happened. Is this in the past? The future? Was that a dream? I intend to leave this ambiguous till the later portions of the novel.

However, I feel like this is a bit too cliche for my taste. I want to avoid the “ok freeze frame, I bet you’re wondering how I got into this mess.. rewind”, and figured that kind of did it, but not very well. I really do want to introduce my “villain” (Ashen) in the prologue, but maybe there’s a better way?

Source: reddit post

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