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Creative Writing

Review these terms and definitions for your final exam.

TermDefinition
point of view perspective from which a story is told
setting time and place of a story; where and when a story happens
plot the sequence of events in a story
exposition beginning of the story when characters and setting are introduced
conflict a problem or struggle faced by the main character
rising action events that occur as the story builds to the climax
climax event that is the turning point or highest point of interest or suspense of the story
falling action the events that lead to the conclusion of the story
resolution the conclusion of the story
theme the life lesson or message of the story that is inferred by the reader
mood the feeling or atmosphere of a story
prewriting the part of the writing process in which the writer comes up with ideas for a story and begins planning (may include brainstorming, power writing, creating a web, etc.)
drafting the part of the writing process in which the writer organizes thoughts and ideas into complete sentences without worrying about spelling, capitalization, punctuation, etc.
revising the part of the writing process in which the writer makes changes to the draft by adding, removing, moving, or substituting ideas
editing the part of the writing process in which the writer makes corrections to capitalization, usage, punctuation, and spelling errors
dialogue the writing technique in which characters talk to each other
figurative language language that goes beyond the literal meaning of the words in order to describe or explain
sensory details writing that appeals to the reader's senses of taste, touch, sight, sound, and smell
simile a type of figurative language in which two unlike things are compared using like or as
metaphor a type of figurative language in which two unlike things are directly compared
personification a type of figurative language in which animals or nonliving things are given human characteristics or qualities
hyperbole a type of figurative language in which extreme exaggeration is used
idiom a common expression that is not meant to be taken literally
onomatopoeia the use of words that mimic or imitate sounds
alliteration the repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of two or more words
publishing the part of the writing process when you share your final draft by reading it aloud or allowing others to read a copy or read it online.
Created by: Malinda Day