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Diving into Literature with the letter D

Hey, there! As I mentioned last week, this week's post is all about the D within the literary world. One of the shortest lists in the series so far but, as we know, size isn't all that matters; it's how you use these words that counts! :)

Deadline - the latest date that a piece of assigned writing is due on for submission [unable to trace original source]

Dead Metaphor - a metaphor that has lost its intensity due to overuse [unable to trace original source]


Defamiliarisation - to 'make strange' [...] in order to understand the world as it really is, reality must be worked on and transformed in order that we may see it anew


Denotation - the exact meaning of a word, without the feelings or suggestions that the word may imply [unable to trace original source]


Denouement - the final outcome of th emain complication of story or play - usualy occurs after the climax and reveals all the secrets and misunderstandings connected to the plot [unable to trace original source]


Deus Ex Machina - Latin for 'a god from the machine'. It's when some new character, force, or event suddenly shows up to solve a seemingly hopeless situation. The effect is usually much too abrupt, and it's often disappointing for audiences


Diacope - when a writer repeats a word or phrase with one or more words in between. A common and persistent example of diacope is Hamlet's 'To be, or not to be!'


Dialogue - the conversations and words spoken aloud by characters in a book, a film, or a play [unable to trace original source]


Diction - a writer's choice of words, phrases, sentence structures and figurative language, which combine to help create meaning [unable to trace original source]


Diolactic - instructional or informative literature [unable to trace original source]


Double Entendre - a phrase that can be interpreted in two different ways [unable to trace original source]


Draft - a completed version of writing which may be rewritten, revised or published [unable to trace original source]

Dramatic Agenda - since humans always want things, characters in stories must always want them to. When a character has a dramatic agenda, they have something they want, and a strategy for getting it


Dramatic Irony - the audience/reader knows information that the character does not know yet [unable to trace original source]


Dramatic Stakes - refers to how important the events and actions of a story are for its characters. Characters fight hardest when the stakes are high and they have much to lose, which makes for gripping storytelling


Dramatisation - refers to the application of fictional devices (characterisation, dramatisation, etc.) to a factual story


Dummy - hand drawn mock-up of what a page will look like in print [unable to trace original source]


Dynamic Character - a character that changes or develops over time due to events that occur in the story [unable to trace original source]

*All definitions taken from Key Concepts in Creative Writing by Matt Morrison (2010 edition) or from the website: https://literaryterms.net/glossary-of-literary-terms/ unless stated otherwise*


Next week we'll be looking at the world of plot - what is a plot? How important is it for a story? How many different types of plot are there? Which one will work best for your story? - see you then!

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