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?
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
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.
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?"
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.)
I like this, as long as you don't play it really stupid and treat it as seriously as possible.