One of the problems I run into all the time both here on the blog and over at Ron’s Amazing Stories is I am having to use the word “Story” a lot. I have tried to come use other words like tale, episode and such, but I am constantly getting stuck on this silly little word. So today I sat down with my word processor and found every word that suggests storytelling types or techniques.
Here is what I came up with:
Account: a retelling of an event or series of events, sometimes with a connotation of bias or at least subjectivity.
Anecdote: a short, entertaining story, which often involves the person telling it.
Allegory: a story that expresses ideas about human nature through the actions of the character undergoing a challenge.
Annals: a record of events, especially a yearly record, usually done in chronological order.
Chronicle: Basically the same as Annals.
Exemplum: an anecdote or similar story intended to provide a moral or argue a point. Also, a very cool word and by the way it is pronounced ig-zem-pluhm.
Fable: a story with supernatural or imaginary elements. It is often used to make an observation about human nature or present a moral.
Folktale: a tale originally passed down orally featuring vague or universal story elements.
Legend: a story that is significant to a culture and originally passed down as if it had actually occurred.
Myth: a commonly accepted or supposed factual account from the distant past that figuratively explains a cultural phenomenon. This includes Urban Legends and Folklore.
Narrative: a relation of factual or fictitious events. Also, spoken or written account of a series of connected events.
Parable: a short tale that a religious or moral principle.
Record: Again basically the same thing as annals.
Yarn: a story that is adventurous or humorous or both, and perhaps is a tall tale. Tall tales were common in the 19th century and are still considered today.
That is what I have come up with so far. Do you have one that I missed? Please help make this a complete list. I need more synonyms for the word story!