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Writing Terms

There are a myriad of writing terms. This page and its sub pages contain definitions of terms associated with writing.

Content (noun): information (subjects and topics) contained in a communication medium such as a book, brochure, documentary, or web site

Copy (noun): text or written material

Copyright (noun/verb): the sole, legal right to distribute, publish, reproduce, or sell an artistic, a dramatic, a literary, or a musical work; a legal protection given to authors/creators of original intellectual works including literary, musical, artistic, dramatic, literary, and musical

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tic, and dramatic works (United States Copyright Office); to obtain a copyright on an artistic, a dramatic, a literary, or a musical work

Copywriter (noun): a person who writes copy for advertising and marketing purposes

Copy writing (verb): the instance of writing text (copy) – such as blogs, brochures, Internet content, newspaper ads, sales letters, scripts for TV commercials, and white papers –  for advertising and marketing purposes  

Foreword (noun): a book introduction that someone other than the author writes

Material (noun): information such as facts and ideas used to create written communication such as books, letters, reports, and web site content

Preface (noun): an introduction that the book's author writes

Readability (noun): the ease in which written materials are read and understood

Rescript (noun): the act of rewriting text; an official announcement or decree

Text (noun): written words that form some kind of communication such as a book, letter, or report

Vocabulary (noun): the collection of words that define a language

Wordsmith (noun): a person skilled at working with words (e.g., author, writer, communicator, or editor)

Writer's block (noun): the inability to formulate thoughts to create a written work; an inability to find the best/right words to create a particular kind of material such as an apology letter, a memo, or a report; not knowing where to start when writing something


Dictionary.com, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/content, s.v. "Content."

Encarta Dictionary, s.v. "Copyright."

Encarta Dictionary, s.v. "Material."

Merriam Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copyright, s.v. "Copyright."

Merriam Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rescript, s.v. "Rescript."

Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copy_(written), s.v. "Copy."

Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copywriting, s.v. "Copywriting."

Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Readability, s.v. "Readability."

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