A question, if you don't mind answering: I'm starting a new novel, and I'm having difficulty starting it. I've written several novels before, but with this one, I'm having trouble deciding what to put at the start. There needs to be a lot of world building, and since friendship is the biggest theme, those friendships developing; but I've always heard that you should jump right into the action. So my question is, should I skip ahead and do a prologue and then go back, or is that too cheesy?
Hello! Because I haven’t read your story, I’m not equipped to fully weigh in in this context.
However, I personally think the best way to approach world building is to integrate it into the plot. Book series such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, American Gods, et cetera, do this incredibly well, as do movies such as Bright, which is on Netflix. These examples all create a vivid landscape around the audience without ever halting the plot to explain what’s going on.
A note on “jumping right into the action:” this doesn’t mean jumping straight into quests and fight sequences, though a lot of people mistakenly take it to think it does. Just that the plot should be rolling at a lively pace from the first page, and not take any amount of drudgery to start reading.
I hope this helps, and happy writing! <3