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The term Composition, in written language, refers to the skill or art of creating written works or pieces of literature. This can be in the form of poetry, drama, essays or prose.

In fiction writing, composition includes, but is not limited to,

  • Outline, the organization of thoughts and/or ideas which is used to determine organizational technique
  • Plot, the course or arrangement of events
  • Theme, the unifying subject or idea
  • Dialogue, a reciprocal conversation between two or more persons
  • Characterization, the process of creating characters
  • Setting, the time and location in which the composition takes place
  • Description, definitions of things in the composition
  • Style, specifically, the linguistic style of the composition
  • Setting tone or mood, conveying one or more emotions or feelings through words
  • Voice, the individual writing style of the author
  • Tone, which encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience

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