Hey there. I can practically smell 2018. How are your New Years Eve plans coming along?
I’ve been enjoying family time until now, but I haven’t made any plans for New Years so far. This wouldn’t be the first time. I guess it is what happens when you become parents. I remember Mr was so upset with me on New Years day 2014, because I slept right through the count down. I know, I’m awful. I had a newborn though so I was completely spent. Mr also proposed on New Years day, so now it’s really special.
What makes New Years special for you?
I’m continuing with my series – The Best of 2017 and today’s post is for the writers. Check it out below!
There are loads of writing and publishing terms that are said to writers daily. You may have come across it in a blog post or article and thought “hmm, I’m not sure what that word means,” but don’t fret! I’ve compiled a list of common phrases and definitions, so let’s get started:
- Alliteration – Repeating the same sound in successive words, usually starting with the same letter.
- Ambiance – The mood of a scene or setting.
- Antagonist – An opponent or person who is hostile towards something.
- Anti-hero – A repulsive character, but not a villain.
- Archetypes – A typical character, action or situation that shows universal patterns of human nature.
- Audience – The people who read your book.
- Broad appeal – A variety of readers can identify with the story.
- Character-driven – The internal conflict experienced by the protagonist is what drives the plot forward.
- Characterization – How an author shows a character’s personality to their reader by using action, dialogue and thoughts.
- Dark – The story has lots of violence and carnage.
- Denouement – The final result of a main conflict in a story that comes after the climax and shows the secrets and misinterpretations connected to the plot.
- Dystopia – A created world that could be considered hell for your reader. This includes post-apocalyptic worlds.
- Fast-paced – The story is filled with action.
- Flash Fiction – Fiction written in 500 words or less.
- Genre – A category or theme of writing.
- Heavy handed – Not written very well.
- High-concept – A storyline that’s described in a single sentence that’s commercially feasible.
- Introspective – The plot moves too slowly.
- Kicker – An unexpected plot twist.
- Lead – The first paragraph of your story.
- Loaded words – Words slanted for or against a given subject.
- Manuscript – Author’s copy of a novel, non-fiction writing, article or other writing work.
- Narrative – Groups of events that’s the story in a certain order.
- Novel – Fiction written in 45 000 words or more.
- Novella – Fiction written in 7500 to 40 000 words.
- Outline – A brief description or list that shows the major action or ideas of a piece of writing.
- PB – Picture book.
- Plot – The main events of a story.
- Plot-driven – The conflict comes from external sources, which drives the plot forward.
- POD – Print on demand.
- Premise – The problem that forms the idea of a story.
- Proofreading – Reading a piece of writing to weed out errors.
- Protagonist – The main character of a story who is responsible for moving the plot forward.
- Pseudonym – An alternate name used by an author if they don’t want to use their own.
- Revising – Making changes to your writing.
- Rings true – Like the author experienced it themselves.
- Royalties – Revenue made by an author.
- Setting – Where the story takes place.
- Short-story – Fiction written in 7000 words or less.
- Slush-pile – Unsolicited manuscripts received by a publisher.
- Story-arc – The way fiction proceeds.
- Utopia – A created world that’s heavenly. Your reader would love to live in this perfect world.
- Voice – The style, tone and intention a writer uses.
Do you have any words to add to the list? Let me know by commenting below!
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