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Old 05-22-2016, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Including a primary/ glossary?

So I'm writing a semi pirate themed script with nautical terms, etc. Was wondering if it would be prudent to include a small intro page with basic ship terms like what bow and aft mean, etc. Not extensive, just a quick guide.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:43 PM   #2
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So I'm writing a semi pirate themed script with nautical terms, etc. Was wondering if it would be prudent to include a small intro page with basic ship terms like what bow and aft mean, etc. Not extensive, just a quick guide.
A quick guide? Meaning you expect the reader to stop reading your story and then flip back and reference a term? I wouldn't.

Describe the object/term at the first time we see it/use it. That way it will relate to your story. I have a sci-fi that has its own terminology too, readers will understand (and remember) it better in the context of the story.
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Old 05-22-2016, 02:51 PM   #3
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In your particular case, it is probably not a good idea. That is not to say that a glossary should never, under any circumstances, be included. It is a matter of efficiency: What is the best way to convey necessary information?

A couple of points are relevant here.

1. As you know, the audience will never be privy to the glossary. Anything obscure should be comprehensible in the context. Of course, «bow» and «aft» are simple terms anyway.

2. You may be thinking, not of the audience, but of the director and the crew, who might need help. In some instances a writer may need to clarify something. The best way to do this, in my opinion, is to include a brief explanation in brackets [like these] within the action itself.
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