I am not a fan of prefixes in a book. I normally will go to page one of a novel. Than I became a hypocrite and tried to write one for one of my books. It did not fare well for me or for people who read it.
I picked up a book on writing I received from a friend for my birthday. I was impressed, to a certain degree, how long the prefix. It was 37 pages. Seriously, 37 pages is what this author wrote.
I thought of reading it but left it alone. Sadly I have read books where the prefixes have been longer. Is there a need to write such a long one? What is the point? The goal?
On occasions I have read prefixes when they have been under 10 pages but that is not the norm for me.
As I write this post I decided to skim the book to see what was mentioned. I didn’t get too far.
To date it has never interrupted my love of reading or understanding any book when I have skipped to page one.
I understand the point of a prefix, I do. I just don’t get why a whole chapter, or in some cases two, of text is needed before a novel of fiction.
3 thoughts on “Prefixes: Do you write them for your books?”
Sometimes i read them or just skim through…
You’re like me. If it is long though I will move on. I have yet to not understand a book because I didn’t read the prefix.
Ditto! Happy reading… ❤