Start writing fiction
Start writing fiction

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

Start writing fiction

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

Special | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | ALL

Page: (Previous)   1  2  3  4  (Next)
  ALL

G

Gay fiction

Where the main protagonists are gay, and usually, but not always, aimed at a gay readership.

Genre

A literary or artistic type or style, e.g. thriller or romance.

Gothic

Style popular in 18th and 19th century novels, involving supernatural or horrifying events.

Grammar

Established rules and conventions for using language.

H

Historical

Where the action takes place usually at least an entire lifetime ago, often but not always related in the vernacular of the particular period being evoked.

Humour

Fiction of any kind where the mood is, before everything, intended to be humorous, although it might also be said to be ‘dark’ or ‘black’ or ‘biting’, where the ‘joke’ of the fiction is something more than merely funny.

I

In medias res

Literally, ‘in the middle of things’. A story that begins ‘in the middle of the action’, without any form of introductory passage.

Interior monologue

The direct, unmediated thought processes of a particular character.

L

Legal thriller

Where the drama involves action perceived in relation to the law, usually involving specific legal details, and closely allied to the ‘courtroom drama’ genre, where most of the action revolves around scenes unfolding in a courtroom.

M

Magic realism

Aims to convey events in a realistic manner, yet also involving a degree of ‘surreal’ occurrences, or scenes where the laws of ‘everyday reality’ do not apply.


Page: (Previous)   1  2  3  4  (Next)
  ALL


A174_1

Take your learning further

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses.

If you are new to University-level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. You could either choose to start with an Access module, or a module which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification. Read our guide on Where to take your learning next for more information.

Not ready for formal University study? Then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn and sign up to our newsletter to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371