Creative Writing Vocabulary Rmit Assignment Cover Sheet
Example: In Alliteration: a series of words in a sentence all beginning with the same sound.Examples: Cassie casually caressed the carefree cat; the Wicked Witch of the West went on her way to work; she sells seashells down by the seashore; Tim thought that Tammy was tired today.Common ways for writers to illustrate characters is through their speech, dress, actions, and mannerisms.Climax: the moment of greatest intensity in a work of fiction; the most exciting and important part of a story, usually occurring at or near the end. Example: The climax of Shakespeare's occurs when Romeo, seeing Juliet's body and thinking she is dead, kills himself; then, when Juliet wakes up and sees that Romeo is dead, she kills herself.The dénouement reveals the answers to secrets/misunderstandings in the plot and comes after the climax.Dialogue: a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing; the conversations between characters in a literary work, typically enclosed within quotation marks.
Several of these fiction writing elements—fiction writing terms—are found in the following glossary.Character: featured in a story and used as a medium to communicate/interact with the reader; he or she is given a specific attitude or attitudes, appearance, name, etc. Characters can be major or minor and static (unchanging) or dynamic (capable of change).Characterization: the method used by a writer to make a character in a story seem like a real person.Dramatic Irony: dramatic irony, which often shows itself as some type of miscommunication, occurs when the reader becomes aware of something important of which the characters in the story are not aware.Exposition: this also refers to the first stage of a plot, in which necessary background information is provided.Although Scribendi has an extensive glossary of general writing terms, this one is specific to fiction writing terms and is therefore geared toward authors and writers.For an author, fiction writing terms are important because they provide the tools necessary to make the most out of a literary work.An allegory is a symbolic representation, or expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions, of truths or generalizations about human existence.In fiction, an allegory is often a symbolic narrative in which the surface details imply a secondary meaning and in which the characters represent moral qualities.Antagonist: the main character in a work of fiction who comes into conflict with the protagonist (hero or heroine).Note that the antagonist does not always have to be a character; it could be a thing or a situation (a monster, a storm, a flood, etc.).