Thursday, December 05, 2013
The craft of rewriting-Analysis-Preface
By OFW chief editor:
Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller
Published: May 07, 2013
A preface is a short introduction before the body of the novel, and the author writes it herself. The term, as we discuss in Section XXX means any preliminary statement that covers how the book came about, or how the idea for the book was developed.
A preface is similar to a foreword, but the two aren’t interchangeable. Prefaces feature backgrounds, historical content, scope, and the intentions of the author in writing it. When revising, we must analyze a few key details to ensure what we have is actually a preface and to ensure it is necessary.
Why this book?
The preface should answer for the reader just why she should read this book as opposed to the many others like it. What is it that makes this one unique and worth her time?
Often this question can be answered in how the book came to be written or what made the writer decide it should be written.
Who is this person? Why this author?
The author must be identified in terms of what makes him ideal for writing this book. In a preface, we should include education or experience that makes this author particularly suited to the job of writing this book.
If the preface doesn’t answer these questions, or it is simply intended to set the story’s tone or atmosphere, then we have either a prologue or a chapter, and not a preface.
Renee Miller & Carlos Cortes
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