(This post first appeared in Seekerville
August 2, 2011 and has been updated for your enjoyment.)
I think it's fair to assume that writer's don't get credit for half our brilliance. I'm pretty sure we invented the acronym. It was only natural for guys like Al Einstein to borrow the technique. After all, genius recognizes genius.
Acronyms are the foundation for text messages. Which of course launched Twitter as we know it.
So pat yourself on the back and if you're ready for a Seekerville acronym refresher, you're in luck.
Remember, acronyms are not to be confused with Author Speak, which Janet Dean has so nicely explained in this post from the archives.
WIP = Work in progress
POV = Point of view
2S2L = Too stupid too live (as in the heroine who is...)
ARC =Advanced reading copy
MS or MSC = manuscript
HEA = Happily ever after
H/H = Hero/Heroine
GMC = Goal. Motivation. Conflict.
GH = Golden Heart Award
CRIT = Critique
CRITTER = Critique Partner unless you live in Nebraska where it does refer to a small rodent in your basement
TBR = To be read
BICHOK = Butt in chair, hands on keyboard
BSD = Back Story Dump
RUE = Resist the Urge to Explain
TAG = Title. Author. Genre
AFK = Away from keyboard
WF = Women's Fiction
ST = Single Title
SC = Short Contemporary
LC = Long Contemporary
SH = Short historical
LH = Long historical
YA = Young adult
MG = Middle grade
SF = Science Fiction
SF/F = Science Fiction and Fantasy
SF/F/P = Science Fiction and Fantasy and Paranormal
ACFW = American Christian Fiction Writers
RWA = Romance Writers of America
ICRS = International Christian Retailer Show
BEA = Book Expo America
CBA = Christian Bookseller's Association
ABA = American Bookseller's Association
PASIC = Published Author Special Interest Chapter
NINC = Novelists, Inc.
PAN = Published Authors Network
PW = Publisher's Weekly
NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month
BIAW = Book in a Week
There are also the funny and tasteless acronyms:
WWJAD = What would Jane Austen do?
PUYBGP = Pull up your big girl panties
HUAW = Hurry up and wait
Seekerville of course has a few of our own acronyms such as:
DD = Don't Diva.
MDI or JDI = Mary did it. or Julie did it.
FOS = Friend/s of Seekerville
SKRVL = Seekerville
VP = Village People (or for Vince, just the Peeps)
And today I'd like to propose a few we ought to be using:
WIDSAC = When in doubt, shoot a character
WTJR = Who took Jack's rum?
WWFC = Will write for chocolate
LMMOUI = Left my mind on Upubbed Island
What about you, any you'd like to share or create? Feel free to be funny and tasteless, just keep it PG Rated.
And just in case you need help...
Para Ducks Acronym Generator
Today, I'm giving away your choice of a 5 page critique liberally sprinkled with acronyms and/or for a reader, a copy of Ruth Logan Herne and Mia Ross's Christmas releases from Love Inspired, His Mistletoe Family and A Gift of Family.
Both were recently sighted at my local store. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition.