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Erika Hayes, Author – Write like a reader, read like a writer and edit like a beast!


When the text generation exploded, people found shortening phrases much easier than spelling out complete words, and soon things like LOL, THX, BRB, and JK became commonplace “words” in everyday language. In fact, for a short time, some people I know spoke using these acronyms.  Real life example of a man I worked with for a short time, “I heard that LOL, JK can you say that again.”  I just shook my head. With this new structure of speech, there were times things got a bit confusing.

Funny story. One day, I text my daughter after she had posted a photo on Instagram this is how it went:

Me: WTF on Instagram?

Daughter:  do you know what WTF means, mom?

Me: Yes

Daughter: are you sure?

Me: maybe not, what does it mean?

Daughter: Uhhh, what do you think it means?

Me: Why the Frown? 🙁

Daughter: LOL no, mom, that is NOT what it means.

After she stopped laughing she told me what it means and I was very happy she did because I would have been horrified if I used it in the wrong way on a more public media.

It is common for different industries to have abbreviations and acronyms and become common knowledge to people that work in that industry.   If you are new to the world of writing, you will soon discover that there are a lot of acronyms thrown around.  For me, when I decided to get serious about my writing, I jumped in and found myself struggling from time to time when more seasoned writers would put responses that included acronyms.  I learned a lesson from my texting story, know what it means before you use it.  I’ve put together some common acronyms for you. Please feel free to add any I missed in the comments.

Story and Character

WIP = Work in Progress

POV = Point of View

MPOV = Main Character Point of View

SC = Secondary Character/Supporting Character

MC – Main Character  you may see FMC (female MC) or MMC (male MC)

VPC = Viewpoint Character

ANT = Antagonist

PRO = Protagonist

BG = Bad Guy

LI/RI = Love Interest/Romantic Interest

BR- Beta Reader (I’ve only seen this one on a few sites but I had to figure it out)

CP = Critique Partner


Editing and Critiquing

MS = Manuscript

SPAG (SPaG) – Spelling and Grammar

NP- New Paragraph (editing mostly)

BIC – Butt in Chair  (sometimes seen as BICFOK – Butt in Chair, Fingers on Keyboard)

RUE – Resist the Urge to Explain

OTN – On the Nose (writing that is narrative in nature and unneeded)

VSL = Vary Sentence Length

TL;DR = Too Long; Didn’t Read

TMI = Too Much Information

DRAT = Desperate Race Against Time

ACT = Action Changes Things

WC- Word Count/ Word Choice (or in England Water Closet AKA toilet)

HEA – Happily Ever After

GMC = Goal, Motivation, Conflict

HFN = Happy For Now ending

ARC – Advanced Review Copy

COG = Character Obstacle Goal

AGO = Aims Goals Objectives

AIDA = Attention Interest Desire Action

BS = Back Story

PH = Plot Hole

R&R = Revise and Resubmit

LTP = Lost The Plot

SPIN = Situation Problem Implication Need-Payoff

SDT = Show, Don’t Tell

USV = Use Strong Verbs

MFA = Masters of Fine Arts


FF = Flash Fiction

F&SF = Fantasy & Science Fiction

JUV = Juvenile genre

FN/Fant = Fantasy genre

HR = Horror genre

NA = New Adult genre

RO = Romance genre

TH = Thriller genre

SF = Science Fiction

SFR = Science Fiction Romance

PNR = Paranormal Romance genre

MG = Middle Grade genre

UF = Urban Fantasy genre

XO = Crossover genre (I just learned this one a few months ago, not sure how popular it is yet)

YA = Young Adult

SP = Speculative Fiction

SUSP = Suspense genre


NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month (November)

ASAP = As Soon As Possible

AU = Alternate Universe

DOA = Dead On Arrival

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid

RP = Role Play

TED = Tell Explain Describe

ToC = Table of Contents

TOTB = Think Outside The Box

WD – Writers Digest








2 thoughts on “Things You NTK (need to know)

  1. loved the story… I usually ask our daughters for the meaning of the acronyms 🙂

  2. WOW! I love those acronyms. 🤗

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