Writer’s Guide to Prologues, Flashbacks and Stories within Stories
Sometimes a story is held up by other stories like scaffolding holds up a building. Memories, Flashbacks, epilogues and prologues are all tools writer’s use to plump up their stories and enrich the reasons for characters’ behavior and actions.
Memories and Flashbacks
I love a good memory sequence. Whether they be flashbacks of sunny days or horrific torturous hours at the hands of the villian, done right a flashback sequence can save and make a story. Flashbacks are usually used when a character is traumatised by an event in their past and can explain character’s backstories. Usually they are triggered by smells, people, sights and similar occurrences. These flashbacks can be just as traumatic as the events that triggered them.
Prologues are introductory chapters to a book. These chapters are set up to be used like a letter of recommendation, to ease you into the world. Prologues can either befall main characters, side characters or are a quick account by the protagonist introducing the story.
In all the Saga of Darren Shan books, Darren introduces each book by summarising the last one or contemplating how he could have changed the course of the book.
In A Game of Thrones, we are introduced to a party of Night’s Watch men under Waymar Royce’s command who battle the true threat facing Westeros, The White Walkers.
These are ending chapters, a sort of sentimental sign off. Sometimes we get to know how the characters grew up and popped out kids or it is a look at how the world has changed. Epilogues are like Targaryens, they are either mad or great. Harry Potter’s 19 years later epilogue, has divided the fandom because it has both good and bad qualities. The Hunger Games epilogue is touching but so unneeded. Epilogues are like powerful medications, only use them when you need them. Unnecessary epilogues can ruin and undermine your entire story. Yes, we like to catch up with a character or a world but some things are best left unsaid.
Insects, love them or hate them, they are a part of live
that almost everyone needs to deal with. Video games are no escape from this,
as these critters have hooped, skittered and darted into many games. Also, even
though they aren’t technically bugs, expect some eight-legged freaks to pop up
as well. So grab your bug spray, grab your swatter, here are some insects in
video games. Fair warning, if bugs really get to you, if seeing them can cause
anxiety or panic, then skip this list. It’s ok I don’t blame you, bugs horrify
Bug type Pokemon (Pokemon)
Bug type pokemon, there are too many to include just one. The bug type is
realistically not that great of a type, it isn’t very strong and has many
weaknesses. However, we have all had a bug type on our team before, they can be
good early to mid-game, and even all the way to the champ if you know what your
doing. They level up and evolve quickly and are some of the first pokemon
you’ll encounter that can use status effect moves. Some bug types can actually
be heavy hitters and worth the investment, and now there are even legendary bug
types. So don’t put this typing down just cause it isn’t as strong as other
types, bug types have a bit to offer! My personal favorite bug types by
generation are… Beedrill, Scizor, Ninjask, Yanmega, Leaveany and good old
One of the first bugs in video games, lets sing its praise. The centipede is
simple, it crawls down the screen and the player have to shoot it into pieces
before it reaches the bottom. The mushrooms will block your shot so you have to
align them well to defeat the monster bug. Other than that it serves no lore or
greater meaning behind its existence, its just a big centipede, simple as that.
Wigglers (Super Mario Bros)
Wigglers are, more often than not, peaceful creatures that walk around in a
state of ignorant bliss. They often wont react at all if jumped on and will
continue on their merry way. Now if you jump on their head your in for a bad
time, as they will fly into a rage and dash around in a crimson fury. It is
often the best option to just avoid this creature if you don’t want to get
Caterkiller (Sonic Series)
This is technically cheating since it’s a robot. The caterkiller takes on the
form of a caterpillar and it just slowly moves along the ground. This creature
is best to just avoid, since jumping on it often results in taking damage. The
rule is to aim for the head and not any other part. In some games these things
can be giant, reminiscent of a sandworm. Overall they are one of the most
famous badniks in the Sonic series.
Flourescent Flower (Bloodborne)
This beast is a horrifying eldritch abomination. It is a weird mixture of a
plant, a centipede and a horrendous gaping maw. The creature has slow turning
and is overall not to hard to defeat provided you are not standing in front of
it. It attacks primarily with projectiles and can take quite a few hits to
defeat. In the main game, they are rare enemies only appearing in one place
that you will rarely revisit. They are more common however inside chalice
A nice little pill bug. This bug is the main character of the obscure yet
cherished pc game Bugdom. Roolie must run, roll and kick his way through
several levels in a quest to save his kingdom from an evil fire ant army.
Roolie is a brave little bug who is up against tons of odd, including bruiser
bees, horrifying spiders and even giant feet that want to crush him. However,
he perseveres in his quest to save his kingdom and rescue the lady bug
Seltas Family (Monster Hunter)
This monster family has two members, the standard Seltas and the queen. Lets
cover the Seltas first. This relatively large monster is an airborne menace
that likes to dart and fly out of range on the hunters weaponry. They have weak
underbellies and are vulnerable to fire. The seltas will try to ram you with
its horn, spit acid at you and swipe at you. If you managed to slay it, you can
reap the rewards and make some armor. Now for the queen. The Seltas queen is
always seen with a normal seltas, the queen is not airborne but can be carried
by its underling. When alone she primarily fights with her tail and uses pheromones
to call for help. These two make a deadly duo in combat.
Bugzzy (Kirby Series)
A recurring mini boss in the Kirby Series. This martial artist beetle can
grapple the pink puff ball with his massive pincers and slam him down or throw
him. He can summon other bugs to help him if he cant grab Kirby himself.
Inhaling him grants Kirby some new fighting moves, and in some games you can
even convert him into an ally.
Zingers (Donkey Kong Country)
One of the most common enemies in the Donkey Kong series. The Zingers are large
wasp that are covered in spikes, due to these spikes they cannot be jumped on.
The only way to defeat a Zinger is to throw something at it or have an animal
friend dispatch it. They come in different colors, each one flies in a
different pattern. They love to hover around barrels and can make barrel blast
jumps tricky. What’s worse is that at one point you need to venture into one of
Giant Wasp (Earth Defense Force)
These guys represent the horrors that is a wasp. Fast, aggressive and
intimidatingly large. These wasp dart around at high speeds and shoot
projectiles at you. Since they are airborne it can be a bit tricky to take them
down, as they are quite mobile. They have a bit of health too and sometimes
attack in swarms or in unison with other insects. Eventually you’ll come across
giant metal versions that are even faster and more dangerous than before. These
guys are among some of the most annoying enemies in insect Armageddon.
Queen Bee (Terraria)
Deep in the underground jungle, you can find a beehive…Inside this beehive you
can find an odd looking larvae, destroy it and prepare to meet the wrath of the
queen bee. The queen bee is a very fast boss with a plethora of attacks. She
has a good amount of health and the honey in the hive can hinder your movement.
Do not try to fight this thing until your prepared and bring a ranged weapon!
After you defeat her, you can revel in the spoils, as she drops some pretty
good things. Also you get the witch doctor npc as a reward for slaying this
Antlions (Half Life 2)
Antlions are very aggressive creatures in the Half Life universe. They burrow
under sandy areas and can react to surface tremors. Their nest are large and
expansive. They come in five primary forms. The standard drone, which can
attack in swarms, they have some flight capacity, so don’t think escaping will
be easy. These drones are the most common. Next is the grey workers, they tend
to not leave the nest and will spit acid at Gordan upon seeing him, they are
physically weaker than the standard drone. The worm like grubs are defenseless
and stick to the walls, ceiling and floors of the hive, waiting for the day
they become a more capable threat. The red soldier is a ferocious large beast
that is very aggressive and serves as a mini-boss of sorts, it can take a lot
of punishment before going down. Finally the guardian is a soldier that guards
the nest, it is very ferocious and very powerful and is best avoided.
Fire Ants (Fallout 3)
The wasteland is full of nasties, these buggers are among some of the worst the
waste has to offer. In Fallout three, they were born out of a twisted
experiment that turned a colony of ants into giant fire breathing monsters. A
nearby town was destroyed by this swarm of monsters and its up to the lone
wanderer to clear the place out. These monsters are perceptive, fast and
deadly. Since the quest that involves them appears early in the game they can
be a brick wall that takes a while to overcome. So stay on your toes and keep
your gun ready and steady. Beware, for this swarm has a queen…
Frostbite Spiders (Skyrim)
Do you hate spiders? I hate spiders, they are freaky and just instantly cause
panic in me. Video games know arachnophobia is a legit thing, and they cash in
on this bad. Get ready for some spiders, starting with the frostbite spider.
These spiders make their home in many caves and some outside areas in Skyrim.
They can spit venom at their foes, and can ambush people from above if they
dare venture into a spider infested area. These creatures can vary in size,
with some being the size of a pig to others being the size of a small house!
Fire spells dispatch them pretty quickly, they seem more resistant to cold,
hence their name. Try to keep an eye out for these nasties when exploring the
Rift, cause they tend to pop up there often.
Cave Spiders (Minecraft)
Regular spiders are bad enough in Minecraft. Spiders can crawl up vertical
walls, crawl under one block openings and have a dangerous jump attack. They
don’t despawn during the day either, even though they cease being hostile in
the daylight. The cave spider is everything that makes a spider bad and more.
The cave spider is smaller and thus harder to hit, they can inflict deadly
poison on you and they tend to come from spawners. They crawl towards you in
narrow corridors filled with webs, now the webs only slow you down, not them.
If you decide to go deep into a mine shaft in hopes of finding rare minerals or
a fortress, be ready to fight these guys.
Black Tigers (Resident Evil)
The Spencer Mansion and Raccoon city have a giant spider problem for sure, but
one of the biggest of the bunch is the Black Tiger. This monster made its home
underground and waits for unfortunate prey to stumble into its domain. It can
spit acid and give a nasty bite… What’s worse is that it might have a buddy
with it. After some shotgun blast to the face it will go belly up… And proceeds to
spit out baby giant spiders, an arachnophobes nightmare.
Who said spiders couldn’t be cute? Or sell baked goods for that matter? Muffet
is both of these. She initially appears at a bake sale, selling various
pastries at extremely high prices. Normally a player will not buy these items. Later,
the player is forced to battle her, as she was hired by Mettaton to take you
out. During the battle she will trap you in her web and send her pets at you.
Survive long enough and she will receive a telegram showcasing that you either
supported the spider bake sale in the ruins, or you avoided stepping on any
spiders. She will let you go after this ‘misunderstanding’ comes to a close. Alternatively,
you can show her your love…but you wouldn’t
do that, now would you?
Phantom (Devil May Cry)
A big nasty from the Devil May Cry series. This demon takes on the form of a
giant lava spider and attacks Dante numerous times. He serves as the first boss
and is a challenging one at that. Later on, he will attack Dante and switch to
a form similar to a scorpion. This spider is arrogant and boastful of its power
but is squashed by Dante. In Devil May Cry 2, he comes back for a rematch. He
presumably escaped the dark pit he was sent to, only to be sent falling back
Skulltula (Zelda Series)
The giant spiders of the Zelda series. These monsters have a skull like design
on its back and are nasty creature to come face to face with. They vary in
size, from the size of a turtle to the size of a human child. These baddies
usually stay attached to walls or suspended on a vine. However they will craw
around if need be and can entangle their foe. These guy’s shells are tough and
most attacks to the front wont harm the bigger ones, their belly is their weak
point, though arrows help too. There exist a rare golden variety capable of
inflicting horrible curses upon the greedy.
The Stygian (Darksiders)
Of course there was going to be a giant worm on the list. The Stygian is a colossal
sand worm that can swallow War whole. Due to its tremendous speed and size, War
must ride his horse to do combat with the creature. These monster serves as one
of the bosses od the original Darksiders and would do battle with War in a
massive arena. Initially its mouth is closed, but its mouth is its weak point
so War will have to break it open, during the fight, smaller worms may come to
assist it. Upon its defeat, War enters its body and rips out its oddly small
Undeep (Lost Planet)
From sand to Snow, the Undeep is a huge monster encountered in Lost Planet. It
is fought relatively early in the game and serves as a warning to new players
to choose their battles. This creature can be avoided, and it is recommended to
do so. However, a skilled tactical player can take the beast down and revel in
the victory. This worm is massive and can very easily crush the player under
its mass. This worm would reappear in future installments as a boss as well,
however in those games your more well suited to take it down.
Earthworm Jim (Earthworm Jim series)
Not every worm is hungry for flesh and is the size of a football stadium! This
groovy worm is simply put…just a normal cartoon earthworm. What makes him
special is his state of the art space suit. Armed with a energy gun, Jim makes
his way through many crazy levels, avoiding deadly traps and fighting colorful
villains in order to rescue Princess what’s her name. Jim can use his body as a
lasso and a helicopter to navigate levels. Jim was rather prolific in the 90s,
starring in 3 games and having his own cartoon series. Sadly, his third game was
a bad 3D game that doomed him to the back shelf.
The Knight (Hollow Knight)
I figured I would end this list with something cute. The knight is a member of
the void race. The knight is a gender-less hero that fights with a nail. Over
the course of the game, the knight will learn many powers and spells to aid it
in combat. The knight can heal itself with its soul. The knight will encounter
many hardships over its journey through its world.
Wow! This was my longest list yet! Congrats on making it to the end. Tune in next time when we look at some nice beach themed levels!
Remember the story I was writing? Well, these are the characters! I will give you some bios to get you guys to know them better!
Kyle is the main protagonist in my story. He is caring, and hard working. He is a freshman in college like Cam and Susan! He loves photography and filming things!
Cam is Susan’s boyfriend. He loves spending time with her! Cam is very positive and loving as well as talkative. Cam likes video games, and hates Travis because he is quite rude to him.
Susan, on the other hand, is very quiet and shy. She gets scared very easily. The only person she trusts well, is Cam. She bottles up her emotions most of the time. She loves nature and the outdoors. She is the one who inspired the events in my story to take place.
Travis is also in love with Susan, however. He is very rude to everyone else in the group except her. He also keeps his feelings to himself most of the time. Unlike the others, Travis is a senior in college. He is very jealous of Cam, and he lets him know it by being rude to mostly him.
Together, they have to travel in the woods to finish a school project. But they get trapped because Susan gets kidnapped by Daneal there! It’s a long crazy story that doesn’t have a happy ending…