Does the title make sense? I have this idea right now for example, a guy in a jail cell. Tells story of how he ended up there to his cellmate, so that's really the story. In the story there can be moments of coming up for air to present tense, something happening in the cell, but just little moments to maybe remind the reader of the meta-context. But mostly I want the reader to become immersed into the story the MC is telling -- as the main story. The jailcell is just an interesting container for the narrative. I've considered maybe just telling the story instead of having that meta-layer could be better, but I love when this is done well and would love to be able to execute it. Story within a story - is there a term for this? Slaughterhouse Five is one of these but way more complex, and Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk is my all-time favorite in this way. Cloud Atlas has elements of it but the whole book is a big show-off so whatever. In my story idea the MC is a songwriter so presumably he's good (enough) with words. But does the MC/narrator have to be? Probably not, right? They can be bad with words in the writerly sense but good at storytelling. And if plot and character descriptions/development and everything is good, that probably doesn't matter. Or am I wrong?