Writing About Writing

– Dedicated to writers who have influenced me

Each story genre has a central concern. A love story, for instance, answers what love is while detective fiction answers what crime is. A bildungsroman talks about growth or maturity while superhero fiction talks about morality. Metafiction can be understood as a work that explores what fiction is.

We have probably heard that metafiction is a text aware of its fictional status. That is one way to write/conceive metafiction. Another way of thinking about metafiction is that it is a commentary on what fiction is, and what writing it must feel like. Such works explore the connection between art/fiction and reality, creations and creators explicitly.

We will write this second form of metafiction. We will write about the process of writing. And we will definitely write about writers, with them as protagonists.

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Evil Is As Evil Does

On Heroes, Villains, Protagonists and Antagonists

Heroes and villains are common characters. A hero embodies a certain palatable morality while the villain usually has none or one that is questionable. A protagonist is a character in the story who the readers are supposed to sympathise/agree with while the antagonist is someone opposed to the worldview of the protagonist. Often, heroes become protagonists and villains antagonists.

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