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'How-to-Write' by A.S.Ford

Hey, there! Every Friday I will be releasing posts on my blog with hints, tips, thoughts, ideas and opinions on how to write. Most of these will cover general topics - e.g. plot, narrative, etc. - but some will be more genre specific - e.g. regarding fantasy, horror, historical fiction etc. I hope that you will find these posts useful, perhaps even inspiring, and that they will be able to help you, as a writer, and your writing.


In this first post, I would like to address one of my favourite letters of the alphabet: A.


So, here is a selection of interesting words that relate to writing beginning with the letter A.


Acronym - word formed from the initial letters of other words (e.g. NATO)


Acrostic - poem or puzzle in which certain letters in each line form a word or words


Adage - a brief piece of wisdom in the form of short, philosophical, and memorable sayings


Addendum - additional item at the end of a book


Ad Hominen - latin for "against the man" and refers to the logical fallacy (error) of arguing that someone is incorrect because they are unattractive, immoral, weird, or any other bad thing you could say about them as a person


Advance - a percentage of the money paid to the writer by a publisher prior to publication of a book. Paid against future royalties and paid back to publisher once book starts earning royalties [unable to trace original source]


Agent - an individual who markets creative work to publishers [unable to trace original source]


Allegory - a work in which the story, characters, or events have symbolic meanings assigned to them or are portrayed as things or concepts to convey a message or produce two parallel yet consistent levels of meaning (one literal and one figurative). Usually used for satirical or political purposes [unable to trace original source]


Alliteration - use of the same sound at the start of words occurring together


All Rights - the publication owns all the rights to the work in all the media worldwide but does not own the copyright [unable to trace original source]


Allusion - a reference to something else [...] when a writer mentions some other work, or refers to an earlier part of the current work


Ambience - character and atmosphere of a place


Ambiguity - having more than one possible meaning


Amplification - extending a sentence or a phrase in order to further explain, emphasize, or exaggerate certain points of defintion, description, or argument


Anagram - type of word play in which the letters of a word or phrase are rearranged to create new words and phrases


Analogy - a comparison or two unlike things used to explain or illustrate a concept [unable to trace original source]


Anaphora - use of a word refering back to a word used earlier [e.g. I will not give up. I will do it]


Anecdote - very short story that is significant to the topic at hand; usually adding personal knowledge or experience to the topic


Antagonist - opponent or adversary


Anthropomorphism - giving human traits or attributes to animals, inanimate objects, or other non-human things


Antithesis - 1. the direct opposite 2. rhetorical device involving an opposition of ideas


Antonomasia - in which a descriptive phrase replaces a person's name


Antonym - words opposite in meaning to another


Apologue - a short story or fable which provides a simple moral lesson


Aposiopesis - when a sentence is purposefully left incomplete or cut off


Archaism - an old word or expression that is no longer used with its original meaning or is only used in specific studies or areas


Archetype - an idea, symbol, pattern, or character-type in a story. It's any story element that appears again and again in stories from cultures around the world and symbolises something universal in the human experience


Assonance - rhyming of vowel sounds but not consonants


*All definitions taken from Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus (2005 version), from New Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (also 2005 edition), or on the website: https://literaryterms.net/glossary-of-literary-terms/ unless stated otherwise*


Since these posts are to be accessible for every writer at any stage of their writing life, snd career, I will be covering some of the most basic of topics as well as the more advanced and varied topics. Next week I will be talking about the fundamentals of writing - what are they? and why are they fundamental? - see you then!

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