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I'm writing a book of fictional short stories under a pseudonym. I'm considering to have the fictional editor talk about the time he met the fictional author. is this stupid? What are some good cliches to put into the introduction?
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>is this stupid?
only if you do it badly.
>What are some good cliches to put into the introduction?
That would be doing it badly. Take a few years out to work on your ideas first.
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>>7665186
I've never had to write an introduction introducing an author, surprisingly. I'm writing it as a sort of bonus short story, but I want to figure out the shape of it.
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>>7665179
You don't really need an introduction. Especially if no one knows who you/your pseudonym are.
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>>7665189
So read a load of introductions and decide for yourself.
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>>7665190
that's the joke. The character's name is going to be clearly a pseudonym, so the audience is supposed to be in on the joke. plus, the weird things which happen in the introduction should help
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>>7665189
If this is your pseudonym's debut an introduction might not make any sense. Unless you want to make up an imaginary history for your pseudonym as a joke.
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>>7665200
Well in that case, make up a really autistic/quirky person and imagine what it'd be like interacting with them as an editor.
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>>7665206
This is what i want to do. It's a collection of weird fiction, and I want to imply that the fictional narrator was not being entirely fictional in his storytelling. I'm looking for things which slightly annoy you in introductions.
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>>7665179
Write whatever the fuck you want. Why are you asking for approval.? Write whatever you would enjoy reading. Write whatever comes to mind. If your self-confidence is so low you need approval from a bunch of anonymous basement dwellers, you might as well learn to love asking, "you want fries with that?"
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>>7665220
I'm asking for suggestions about good ways to write a weird introduction
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>>7665179
eh, just read Giles Goat-Boy (or the first few pages of it) to see the same concept done well. Lost in the Funhouse also begins with a cheeky introduction by the author.

By the way, being too self-referential in a metafictional mode can alienate the reader, and/or make the writer look like a self-involved ass, so unless this is to a purpose, it should probably be avoided. (Here too John Barth can be instructive: witness how badly some of his stories in Funhouse land.)
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>>7665264
the writer secretly has psychic lamprey's hidden under his clothes and it turns out that his fiction is absolutely true
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>>7665278
I like this, as long as you don't play it really stupid and treat it as seriously as possible.
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