Even the most seminal literary encyclopedias in the english language have gaping holes when it comes to metafiction. Here I've made and defined some terms to help me make and teach storytelling in the millennial age. 

The center of a narrative structure

APEX


Takes place when there's a transformation of a constituent

arc


canon arc

A transformation of a constituent that involves them learning or growing in some way


An element in a story that is understood by the story's audience to have consciousness. Though usually a character, it can also be a place, an object or an animal

CONSTITUENT


Narrative

A representation of events, real or fictional, sequential or not


Story

A narrative that has an arc


observational arc

A transformation of an audience member’s view of a constituent's role in the story. An audience discovering that an evil character is actually good is an example of an observational arc. 


Narrative content that is understood by its audience to be unreal

fiction


Narrative content that is understood by both its audience and its constituents to be unreal, or to have attributes that the audience decidedly associates with artificial construction. A direction connection between constituents and their audience is a hallmark of metafiction.

metafiction