abstraction   A condensed, general idea or concept in a piece of writing.

action   The manifestation of feelings and thoughts through activity.

antagonist   A representation of the obstacles to the protagonist’s, or the central character’s, desires. It might be another human being or some other force. See also protagonist.

archetype   A recurring pattern or model from which similar patterns or models are drawn. Characters, action—even writing itself—can be archetypal.

atmosphere   The impression or vibe a given setting gives off to other characters and the reader.

authorial distance   How much the narrator intrudes on the story and the character’s point of view.

authorial interpretation   The act of the author writing with ...

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