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Dialogue

Conversation between 2 or more characters.

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Flashback

A section in a text that is set before the events of the main story.

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Future Tense

A verb that describes something that will happen in the future,
e.g. 'They will Laugh"

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Narrator

The person who tells the story.

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Past Tense

A verb that describes something that happened in the past,
e.g. 'They Laughed'

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Point of view

The way a character regards events or people.

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Present Tense

A verb that describes something that happening now
e.g. 'They laugh' or 'They are laughing'

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Sequence

The order in which things happen.

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Setting

Where the events take place.

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Structure

The organisation of the text.

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Empathize

To understand and share someone else's feelings.

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Narrow Focus

The writer focusing on a specific (often small details) section of the text

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Wider Perspective/Focus

Often deals with bigger details - setting, more than one character, etc.

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Switch Focus

Changes focus from one character to another, one setting to another, what a character is thinking to whats character is doing and then looking at bigger details.

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Cyclical Structure

Is where a story ends in a similar way to how it begins this could be through the setting, the action, the characters, language choice, atmosphere, etc.

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Climax

The most exciting part in the story.

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Anti-Climax

The part of the story that is disappointing or not as exciting as you thought.

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Rising Action

The tension/action is building towards a climax.

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Falling Action

The excitement of the story starts to fall away. (Can often come from climax or anti-climax.

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Contrast

A clear difference between two things.

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First-Person Perspective

The point if view of a character involved in the action of a story using 'I'

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Pace

The speed at which something happens.

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Symbolism

The use of symbols to represent something else.

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Third-Person Perspective

The point of view of someone not involved in the action of a story, using 'he, 'she' or 'they'

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Opening Dialogue: characters speaking as the narrative

The reader is thrown straight in, without orientation or warning.

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Opening Description: sets the scene or describes a character

Establishes mood and atmosphere, and creates a visual picture for the reader.

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Opening Character: introduces a characters thoughts.

Gives the reader someone to empathise with or imagine straightaway.

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Opening Mystery: an intriguing event or question is set up.

Pulls the reader in by making them want to know what happens next.

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Opening Thematic: a statement that indicates what ideas or themes will be significant.

Lets the reader know that the detail to follow fits into a wider context.

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Opening Action: a physical description of something happening.

Can create a sense of immediate danger and throw the reader into the middle of an event.