Glossary

Anthropomorphisation. Giving animal characters human characteristics.

Article. A factual piece written for publication in a magazine or newspaper.

Back story. Background storyline or sub-plot against which the main action is played out.

Cliche. Stereotype.

Conflict. Problems and emotions providing the obstacles to be overcome in a work of fiction.

Copyright. The legal ownership of publication rights in a piece of written work.

Dialogue. Conversation between characters.

Double-line spacing. Leaving a blank line between each typewritten line on a page.

Fiction. A made-up story, not fact.

Flashback. A method of revealing background through snippets of information.

Genre. The literary category into which your work falls.

In-house magazine. Publications produced by companies for their employees containing items of news about staff and changes within the organisation.

Interaction. How characters react to the people, settings and objects around them.

Letter to the editor. Letter intended for publication on a magazine or newspaper's letters page.

Location. Where the story is set.

Motivation. The reasons for a character's behaviour and attitudes.

Mule. Someone who carries concealed drugs through customs for drug smugglers.

Multiple submission. Sending the same manuscript simultaneously to a number of different publishers.

Narrative style. Using a narrator to tell the story.

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