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Exploring the Literary C

Hello, there! Thank you for being patient with this post's delay, I was in bed all of yesterday suffering from extreme hayfever allergies so was unable to upload this until now. However, the show must go on and today's post focuses on the letter C as we continue our alphabet definitions. Below are a variety of literary related words that begin with the letter C. How many do you know?


Canon - works generally considered by scholars, critrics, and teachers to be the most important to read or study [unable to trace original source]


Catharsis - applies to any form of art or media that makes us feel strong negative emotion, but that we are nonetheless drawn too - we may seek out art that creates these emotions because the experience purges the emotions from our system


Cacophony - the use of a combination of words with loud, harsh sounds - in reality as well as literature [...] this combination of words with rough or unharmonious sounds are used for a noisy or jarring poetic effect


Change - physical changes are inevitable over time but it is changes to a character's value system that we fiind most compelling in literature


Character - author and critic David Lodge argues that character is the most important component of the novel. Other forms [...] can tell stories just as well, but it is throgh the exploration of characters that a novel plumbs the depths of human psychology [...] Only with the introduction of fully realised characters does a sense of value also emerge. Events no longer simply happen; they happen to people we care about. This encourages us to engage with the story, grappling with the dilemmas, hopes and fears of those who inhabit it


Characterisation - the author's expression of a character's personality through the use of action, dialogue, thought, or commentary [unable to trace original source]


Circumlocation - means 'talking around' or 'talking in circles'. It's when you want to discuss something, but don't want to make any direct reference to it, so you create a way to get around the subject [...] unnecessarily long and complicated


Cliché - a saying, image, or idea whcih has been used so much that it sounds terribly uncreative. The word 'cliche' was originally French for the sound of a printing plate, which prints the same thing over and over


Climax - the highest point of tension or drama in a narrative's plot [...] also when the main problem of the story is faced and solved by the main character or protagonist


Clips - published samples of writings that a writer submits with queries to prospective markets (also knows as 'tear sheets') [unable to trace original source]


Coherence - describes the way anything, such as an argument [...] 'hangs together'. If something has coherence, its parts are well-connected and all heading in the same direction. WIthout coherence, a discussion may not make sense or may be difficult for the audience to follow

Commissioning Editor - [in] a publishing house, the commissioning editor will be resposible for deciding which books to buy or develop with the goal of publication. They will choose from amongst the submissions made by writers' literary agents, and occasionally from writers themselves (unsolicited manuscripts). In some cases [...] they may also approach writers with a specific project in mind

Conflict - the condition of human life. It is therefore the essence of story and character. Characters in prose or drama are continually attemtping to solve problems. In doing so, they meet resistance on at least one of three levels: social, personal and environment


Connotation - a common feeling or association with a word has, in addition to its literal meaning (the definition)


Consonance - when the same consonant sound appears repeatedly in a line or sentence, creating a rhythmic effect


Contract - a legally binding agreement that determines the amount of money to be paid to a writer for the use of their work. [...] Contracts will be drawn up to cover a wide range of circumstances. Contracts are also signed with literary agents [to ...] establish what commission the agent is to receive if a work is sold. Contracts may also be drawn up for collaborations with other writers


Conundrum - a difficult problem, one that is impossible or almost impossible to solve. it's an extremely broad term that covers any number of different types of situations, from moral dilemmas to riddles


Couplet - two consecutive lines of poetry that usually rhyme and have the same meter [unable to trace original source]


Copyediting - checking for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage [unable to trace original source]


Copyright - identifies you as the author of your work and ensure that no-one else can sell it, copy it, perform it, or adapt it without seeking your permission


Cover Letter- a short letter accompanying a manuscript, proposal, or resume that introduces you, your work, and your credits - usually no more than one page long [unable to trace original source]


Credibility - [how] believable; trustworthy


CV - Curriculum Vitae - a short, no more than two pages long, resume (yes, even writers can have need of one!)


*All definitions taken from Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus (2005 edition), 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*


Join me next week when I'll be talking about genres - What is a genre? How many are there? What is a subgenre? How many do you recognise? and perhaps you know more than I do! - see you then!

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