Think about it. Acronyms are nothing more than ways to get you to remember stuff.
I see them everywhere in the writing world. At conferences. meet ups, and workshops. It’s a new lingo to pick up on. The world of acronyms writer’s need to know. I’m still learning. Here are some I’ve gathered that may help you out. Some are just useful any time, and ones you made need as a writer acquiring a thick skin.
BIC. Butt in chair. What you should be doing as a writer!
Backstory. It is B.S. to start your novel with it.
Advanced Reader Copy or Advanced Review Copy. What the author sends out for reviews before it goes to print.
Flash fiction. Some ask what’s the difference between this and a short story? Not much. Flash fiction is generally under 1,000 words.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning. Or some spell it LBGTQ.
Goals, Motivation, Conflict. Definitely something you need in your story.
Happily Ever After (for romance writers but not for me).
In my humble opinion. You may get this a lot when others read your work.
International Standard Book Number. You’ll need one when you get published.
International Thriller Writers.
What you really hope readers don’t do when reading your work unless you’re Dave Barry.
What you try to do to yourself when your writing isn’t going well. This is before anyone else reads it.
Main Character. Try to have only one of these. Good to know who it is too.
Middle Grade fiction for 8 to 12 year-olds.
National November Writing Month. Where writers with hair on fire set out to write a novel in 1 month of 50K words. (I did this last year. Crazy fun!)
NA. New Adult fiction for 18 to 30 year-olds.
Pay on Acceptance. For us short story writers or freelance writers.
No, it’s not what Donald Sutherland was trying to escape from in Invasion of The Body Snatchers. It’s Print On Demand. Everyone’s doing it these days. Non-traditional printing. Books are only produced to fulfill an order.
Pay on Publication. Again, For us short story writers or freelance writers.
No, that’s not one to use here but wasn’t it fun to slip in? Only if you’re Sponge Bob would you need this. (People Order Our Patties). If you’re a real geek here are 58 definitions for the acronym POOP.
Rolling On The Floor Laughing. What you really hope no one does after reading your work, unless it’s a comedy. Also seen as ROFL.
RUE. Resist the urge to explain in your story! You shall rue the day if you do 🙂 .
Romance Writers of America.
Science Fiction / Fantasy.
To be read or to be released.
Too Stupid To Live. Can be your characters if you’re not careful or that annoying person at work who clips his nails in the office.
Work in progress. A manuscript, not a finished book.
Young Adult. Younger YA – for 12-15 year olds. Older YA – for 15 -17 year olds.
Young adults writing for young adults. Generally authors are ages 12-19.
And if you want to take it further, check out some of the proper ways to include acronyms in your writing.
When you are totally stuck on how to use acronyms and so much more, check out Dr. Grammar for help.
Need an acronym finder? Go here.
Feeling Oo la la? Mess people up with French acronyms.
And that’s all I have to say about that. Let’s not even get started with the Twitter acronyms.
And some quick stats when it comes to writing acronyms in your writing:
- An acronym is often written in uppercase. For example: ROTFL
- Some exceptions are if an acronym has four or more letters and can be pronounced. For example: Aids
- Some acronyms are part of global understanding that we don’t need to spell the full acronym out. For example: Unicef
- Did you know that many acronyms have become standard words? For example: scuba (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus)
- Write ‘an’ in place of ‘a’ when the acronym begins with a vowel sound. For example: ‘a Unicef problem’ (it’s pronounced ‘yoo’). The sound is what matters.
Can you come up with any new fun acronyms like these?
Kathryn Craft (@kcraftwriter) says
This will help a lot of people, Donna! I have to admit, not being a romance writer, it took me a long while to figure out HEA when I first encountered it. 🙂
Kathryn, some do seem evident but not HEA I admit. There are so many others too, I hope people share some new ones! Thanks for stopping by
Mina B. says
This is an excellent list! There are a few of these that I didn’t know. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Mina, glad its of some use to you! I think all these acronyms in the world can really fill up our brain 😉
Stacy Green says
Love this list! There are so many acronyms out there it’s hard to keep them straight:)
Cynthia Robertson says
HA!!! Love the sign! (Think I gotta lift that photo.)
Thanks for clearing some of these up for us. It’s about time someone thought to do this.
Hi Cynthia, glad you got something out of it, if even only a laugh 😉