Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #002.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

Well that’s what the Writing Definitions guide is going to be for. Rather than spending countless hours trying to develop a feel for what  all these various terms mean, a few specific terms will be defined with each issue of The Writer’s Everything.

They will be divided into eight different categories, Character, Plot, Structure, Genre, Narrator, Story Development, Writer, and Business-related terms. I hope that as this magazine continues, these terms can come to be so familiar to you that they become second-nature.


Main Character 

The main character is the central character through whom you experience the story. They are present at major events and are affected by them.


Major Character

A major character is a character whose presence is necessary for the progression of the story. POV (point-of-view) characters are generally major characters.


Primary Character

Characters who have major roles in the story. They can include the main character, the protagonist, antagonist, villain, and any character who has a POV in the story.


Prologue 

A section of your novel that is placed before your main story, that generally occurs before your main story, and that is about separate but related events.


The Writer’s Everything

This article, as well as many others, have been featured in previous issues of my writing journal, The Writer’s Everything, in which I, along with occasional guest contributors, provide essays, guides, encouragement, motivation, writing prompts, character bio development kits, and anything else that can help you turn your dream of becoming a writer into a reality.


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