How to Write a Meta story

Ghost Writer
4 min readNov 8, 2023

That’s so Meta? What in the world does this even mean? I feel so out of the loop. It’s one of those words that you’re like, yeah, okay and you have a sense of what it means, but when I think about it, I have no idea what they’re talking about.

So, let’s break it down. (I have a point that’s connected to writing, I promise) According to dictionary.com Meta means:

  1. pertaining to or noting a story, conversation, character, etc., that consciously references or comments upon its own subject or features, often in the form of parody:
  2. pertaining to or noting an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary, especially one that consciously references something of its own type.

noun

  1. a consciously and playfully self-referential story, conversation, etc.:
  2. an abstract, high-level analysis or commentary
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So, it is self-aware in a way. Thinking of it that way you could look at all stories as being Meta because the story should be self-aware. All the elements need to be aware of one another to weave a meaningful story but that might be stretching. But the idea of a Meta story, I think, needs to be utilized more. Tell me if you’ve had this conversation with yourself:

Oh, what if there was a boy who went to this cool wizard school or what if there was this magical creature that went on this quest? What if there was this girl who had a crush on the boy next door, oh wait, that has already been done before. I’m here to tell yah, there’s nothing new under the sun. But the sun looks different to everyone, so you shouldn’t let the idea that it’s already been done stop you. If this is something that you just can’t get around, make a Meta version of the idea you want to write.

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Ghost Writer

Just tryin to figure out writing and here's what I've learned so far.