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Active voice – A sentence structure in which the subject does the action described by the verb. For example: The writer (subject) produces (action) a series of children’s books.

Adaptation – The interpretation of a narrative into another media, most commonly referred to as the adaptation of written works into films or television series.

AntagonistThe villain who opposes the protagonist, often creating the central conflict.

Backstory – The history or background information about a character, setting, or event in a story.

Climax – The most intense, exciting, or important point of a story, usually occurring towards the end.

Dialogue – A written conversation between two or more characters.

Exposition – The introductory part of a story that sets the scene, introduces the characters, and provides background information.

Foreshadowing – A literary device used to give an advance hint of what is to come later in the story.

Genre – A category of literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.

Hyperbole – A figure of speech that involves exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

Irony – A contrast or incongruity between expectations for a situation and what is reality.

Juxtaposition – The act of placing two or more things side by side to contrast or compare.

Line editing – A type of editing that involves meticulously reviewing a manuscript, addressing grammatical inaccuracies and refining the text on a sentence-by-sentence basis.

Manuscript – The finished work of a book.

Narrative – A spoken or written account of connected events; a story.

Outline – A structured plan of a book that serves as the roadmap of the story. It typically includes plot lines, character development and major themes.

Plot – The sequence of events that make up a story, structured to build suspense and lead to a climax and resolution.

Protagonist – The main character in a story, often a hero or heroine, who faces a conflict that must be resolved.

Query letter – A letter the author sends to an agent or publisher when looking for representation.

Rising Action – The series of conflicts and crises in a story that leads to the climax.

Self-publishing – A publishing model where the author independently publishes their work, bypassing traditional publishing methods.

Theme – The underlying message, or ‘big idea,’ that is central to a story and is often a reflection on life or human nature.

Unreliable narrator – A character whose credibility is called into question, causing the reader to doubt the authenticity and accuracy of their narration. This literary method adds an element of mystery and intricacy to the story.

Voice – The style of narration unique to the author.

World-building – The process of creating a fictional universe.

YA (Young Adult) – Young Adult fiction is a genre aimed at readers between 12-18 years old.