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Processes in fiction

allegory

noun

the use of events and characters as symbols

anthropomorphic

adjective

considering something such as a god, animal, or object as having human features or qualities

bathos

noun

a sudden change in speech or writing from a serious or important subject to one that is silly or ordinary

characterization

noun

the way in which a writer creates characters in a book, play, film etc

deus ex machina

noun

someone or something that solves a situation that seemed impossible to solve in a sudden and unlikely way, especially in a book, play, film etc

device

noun

a way that a writer, artist etc creates a particular effect or makes people have a particular reaction

dialog

an American spelling of dialogue

dialogue

noun

the words that characters speak in a book, play, or film

dialogue

noun

a conversation between characters in a book, play, or film

dramatic irony

noun

a situation in which an audience knows more about what is happening in a play or film than the characters do

establish

verb

to make the characters in a story seem real

the first person

noun

a way of writing a story as if it happened to you

flashback

noun

a part of a book, film, or play that tells you what happened during an earlier time

follow

verb

to deal with the progress or development of someone or something in a book, film, or television programme

imagery

noun

the use of words and phrases in literature to create an image of something

interior monologue

noun

a piece of writing in which a writer expresses what a character in a novel or story is thinking

kill off

if a writer kills off someone in a book, play, film, or television programme, they make them die in the story

metaphor

noun

the use of metaphors in literature

pace

verb

to make the story in a book, film etc develop in a particular way

personify

verb

to show a particular quality in the form of a person

poetic licence

noun

the freedom to change facts or events or to ignore rules when you are writing something, in order to communicate your meaning more clearly

portray

verb

to show something by featuring it in a film, book, play etc

storyline

noun

the events in a book, film etc

stream of consciousness

noun

the thoughts of a character in a book that are expressed as they happen

trope

noun

a use of a word or expression in an unusual way to help a writer to achieve an effect

writer’s block

noun

a problem that writers have when they cannot start or continue with a piece of writing because they have no more ideas

anthropomorphism

noun

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resurrection

the occasion on which Jesus Christ was brought back to life after his death, according to the Bible

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