Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #003.

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.


Character 

A person, figure, inanimate object, or animal. Characters guide readers through their stories, helping them to understand plot points and ponder themes.


Kickstarter

A crowd-funding website designed to aid in the development of individual projects by offering rewards in exchange for monetary support.


Edit

The stage of the writing process where a writer works to improve a draft by correcting errors and making words and sentences clear, precise, and effective.


Backstory

A narrative history and set of facts and factors that are all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.


NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month is a motivational contest taking place in the month of November, where the goal is to write a 50,000 word novel.


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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