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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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This topic is for all those little short-cuts we use here on Hatrack. When someone asks what one of them means, we can refer them to this topic, as long as someone has posted the definition.
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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Okay, here are some, just to get things started:

WIP = work in progress (aka MIP = manuscript in progress)

AKA = also known as

POV = point of view

BIC = butt in chair (sometimes the only way to overcome writers block)

HUB = Hatrack Utility Belt

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Also some that I happen to like:

BTW = by the way

LOL = laugh out loud

IMHO = in my humble opinion

IMNSHO = in my not so humble opinion

AFAIK = as far as I know

IIRC = if I remember correctly

FWIW = for what it's worth

YMMV = your mileage may vary (meaning everyone has different takes and tastes on some things)

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Here's another just to throw at you all:
YAABMM - Your Abbreviations Are Blowing My Mind
:P

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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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WASP = white Anglo-Saxon Protestant

DINK = double income no kids


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TANSTAAFL

There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch (Heinlein)


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MC = Main character

SAHM = Stay at home mom

SF = Speculative fiction -or- science fiction, depending on the author's intention


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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"pantser" is a newly coined (so far as I know) term here on the Hatrack River Writers Workshop forum that means "one who writes 'by the seat of the pants'" as opposed to "one who outlines the story before writing it."

Actually, there are lots of other possibilities in between these two.


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"pantser"...a Google search shows it popping up on a number of writing websites, so I guess the meaning has firmed up...however, it does have two alternate meanings (in English), one of which is the perpetrator of a sick practical joke and the other refers to someone who does something else (details of which might be too raw for posting).
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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Thanks, Robert. I suspected there might be something out there like that "something else" definition, which is why I decided it would be good to post a specific definition for how the term is used here.

Maybe writers can co-opt the term and make the writerly meaning stronger than other meanings. We can hope, anyway.


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Bump, with a note that the links in Post 2 are broken now.

V/R

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