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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.

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Science fiction

Where an alternative reality is created, usually in outer space, or on another planet, often involving a high degree of scientific or technical data about that ‘other world’.

Setting

The environment and atmosphere in which characters operate.

Short story

A length of prose up to approximately 20,000 words in length, most usually of between 1,000 and 5,000 words.

Simile

A comparison usually using ‘like’ or ‘as’, e.g. ‘ The clouds were like cotton wool’.

Story

A narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence.

Syntax

The grammatical structure in sentences.