I want to talk about a fiction book I'm working on but can't find what to call the intro. A 'foreword' is generally written by someone other than the author, and I read that an 'introduction' is used for non-fiction books. I heard about a 'preface', but I'm not sure if that's what I should use. What word can I use for an introduction to a fiction book?
The two words which come to mind for me are:
- Prologue (or prolog) - would work especially well if writing an epilogue
Another word which might be used is preamble, but I don't think that would work as well.
Conversely to annotating the introduction, you could always put it at the beginning and not call it anything. If the chapters are annotated in some way, either by number or name, leaving your introduction separate without a name will distinguish it from the book itself.