The writer's craft

When you are thinking about the writer’s craft and the use of language and stylistic devices you may wish to use this list as a helpful guide:

  • structure of the text - beginnings, climax, sequential / chronological ordering, flashback, conclusion
  • descriptive techniques eg vocabulary choices, use of imagery and the senses
  • creation of setting eg time, place, atmosphere
  • creation of character eg through narrator’s descriptions, use of dialogue, actions
  • narration eg omniscient narrator, first person narration, multiple narrators’ use of persona, autobiography
  • cohesive elements eg repetition of words or ideas, climax, suspense, sequential ordering
  • disjunctive elements eg cliffhanger endings, flashbacks
  • use of punctuation and other typographical effects eg italics, capitalisation, suspension points