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A Glossary of terms relating to Creative Writing


Shakespeare U174_1 Glossary

This glossary includes many key terms discussed in this unit that are relevant to the authoring and creative writing process.

Browse the glossary using this index

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M

Maximalist

Where the scope of the fiction encompasses a wide spectrum of history and activity, often incorporating specialist knowledge of culture, science or history, and related over a long word-length.

N

Narrative

A written or spoken account of a series of events. The part of a literary work that deals with events and action, rather than dialogue.

Novel

A length of fictitious prose, over approximately 45,000 words in length, presenting character(s), place(s) and time(s), usually within the context of a story.

Novella

A short novel of between approximately 20,000 and 45,000 words.

O

Omniscience

Literally, to know everything.

P

Place

A particular part of space, described and identified with certain characteristics and qualities, possibly named, though by no means necessarily real.

Plot

A narrative of events, with the emphasis on causality.

Plot line

The mental map of a plot’s progression.

Point of view

The position from which one character views events.

Political fashion

Where the action centres around a real or invented political scenario, usually nationally or internationally, perhaps taking place in a parliament, or during a political campaign.


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