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Where a mood of high tension and excitement is created mainly as the result of psychological drama and dilemma.
Fictional writing that aims to represent ‘everyday’ scenes, speech and behaviour through faithful depiction of ‘real life’ details, without recourse to obvious literary devices or conceits. Also known as ‘truth to nature’.
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’.
The environment and atmosphere in which characters operate.
A length of prose up to approximately 20,000 words in length, most usually of between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
A comparison usually using ‘like’ or ‘as’, e.g. ‘ The clouds were like cotton wool’.
A narrative of events arranged in their time-sequence.
The grammatical structure in sentences.