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Creative Non-fiction

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story starterThe combination of character, conflict, and narrative that sets a story in motion—an essential element of a great beginning.
nonfiction contractThe implied agreement between a reader and a writer that the author of creative nonfiction does not invent any facts in his or her storytelling.
dramatic conflictConflict, either internal or external, that characters experience that moves a narrative forward.
narrative arc The idea that a story has a natural forward trajectory and that conflicts move toward complication and resolution.
creative nonfictionThe art of bringing all the strategies of storytelling to the narration of factual events.
point of viewThe perspective from which a story is told; may be first (I/ we), second (you), or third person (he/she/it/they).
metaphorAn implied comparison that allows readers to see things in a new light.
simileAn explicit comparison using the words “like” or “as” that allows readers to see things in a new light.
circular narrativeA narrative structure where the end and the beginning meet and where the story focuses on the transformation of the character during the experience of the events in it.
frame narrativeA narrative structure in which the essential story is bracketed at the beginning and end by a second perspective on it.
linear narrativeA narrative structure where events follow on events to build to a climax and resolution and where the plot is emphasized over the character who experiences it.
protagonistThe main character of a narrative, whose conflict is central to the story.
quest narrativeA narrative structure in which the main character goes on a journey in search of knowledge, experience, or some concrete object.
cliffhangerA strategy for building suspense and anticipation in a narrative by leaving the reader at a moment of crisis.
foreshadowingA strategy for building suspense and anticipation in a narrative by giving the reader hints of things to come.
hypotacticA sentence structure characterized by subordination.
pacingThe writer’s ability to influence the reader’s experience of a story’s drama by speeding up or slowing down the narrative.
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paratacticSentence structures characterized by a lack of subordination.
sentence variationA strategy of mixing sentence types to influence the reader’s experience of the narrative pacing, drama, and intensity; an element of strong writing.
alliterationThe repetition of the same sound at the beginning of successive words.
anadiplosisThe repetition of the final word of one clause at the beginning of the next clause.
anaphoraThe repetition of the same phrase at the beginning of two or more successive clauses.
antimetaboleThe repetition of phrases in successive clauses in which the order in the first clause is reversed in the second clause.
antithesisThe expression of opposing ideas in parallel grammatical structures or clauses.
assonanceThe repetition of the same vowel sound in successive words.
asyndetonOmitting normally used conjunctions.
consonanceThe repetition of the same consonant sound in successive words.
epanalepsisThe repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning and end of the same clause or sentence.
epistropheThe repetition of the same word or group of words at the end of successive clauses.
inversionReversing the normal subject-verb-object order of expression in English.
isocolonSuccessive clauses of a similar length.
metaphorAn implied comparison that allows readers to see things in a new light.
metonymyA kind of metaphor in which one object is described by reference to another object somehow associated with it.
parallelismExpressing parallel or antithetical ideas in similar sentence structures.
polyptotonRepetition of words of the same root in successive clauses or sentences.
polysyndetonUsing more conjunctions than one would normally expect.
simileAn explicit comparison using the words “like” or “as” that allows readers to see things in a new light.
synecdocheA kind of metaphor in which the part of an object represents the whole.
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