A Glossary of terms relating to Creative Writing
This glossary includes many key terms discussed in this unit that are relevant to the authoring and creative writing process.
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Where the main protagonists are gay, and usually, but not always, aimed at a gay readership.
A literary or artistic type or style, e.g. thriller or romance.
Style popular in 18th and 19th century novels, involving supernatural or horrifying events.
Established rules and conventions for using language.
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.
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.
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.
The direct, unmediated thought processes of a particular character.
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.
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.