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Friday, September 14, 2007

Acronyms/Abbreviations Used to Talk about Writing on the Internet

When I first started participating in online writing activities, I noticed a strange secret code in effect. I knew many of the acronyms used in chat - like LOL and such. But novel writing has its own special acronyms, so I thought I'd share some I've learned. I know I've forgotten some, so if you notice any I missed, remind me in the comments and I'll add them to the list.

WIP - Work in Progress (Your current writing project, usually a novel)

MC - Main Character

POV - Point of View

ARC - Advanced Reader Copy (The copies authors and reviewers receive before the book is actually available to the public)

HEA - Happily Ever After (Used by romance genre to indicate a happy ending)

HFN - Happy For Now (The characters end up together, but no indication it's a forever relationship)

H/H - Hero/Heroine (A couple in a romance novel) M/F - Male/Female (Romance between a male and female character)

GLB - Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual

het - Heterosexual

YA - Young Adult

SF - Science Fiction

NanNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month (Participants who join this website complete a 50,000 word novel in a month, toiling along with their fellow writers: November 1 - November 30th).


roller coaster teacher said...

Thanks for the info! Except you don't want me to use the acronyms in my NaNoWriMo piece, do you? I gotta make every word count! Ha ha. BTW, I am giving up on doing the Young Writers Program - too overwhelming. Maybe next year. I still want to do the regular program for myself, and I'll keep my students informed of my progress. I'll have the same students next year, and maybe we'll all be more ready then.

Tricia Grissom said...

No acronyms for NaNoWritMo! You need every word you can squeeze out. Glad you're a masochist like me and I won't suffer alone.

I don't blame you about the Young Writer's Program. It looks intense, and figuring out how to do it would stress my brain.

roller coaster teacher said...

Yeah, my teaching partner (special ed. teacher) just looked at me like I had 2 heads when I told her about the Young Writers Program. I gotta ease HER into it, too...

Should I invest in that "No Plot? No Problem" book? Have you ever read it?

Tricia Grissom said...

I haven't. I figure I can write badly enough without it. LOL. I just usually go for it and see where it takes me. It's very freeing.