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Prefixes: Do you write them for your books?

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.