I thought I’d share a post today for those of you that at times find yourselves lost on writing blogs when someone slips in an acronym like “WIP.” Today’s post is a primer on all the crazy terms we writers and writer-bloggers throw around.
Already an expert? Share some new ones in the comments! I’d love to hear.
WIP (Work in progress): Whatever you are currently working on
MS/MSS: MS means manuscript. MSS is the plural, manuscripts.
Partial: When an agent requests part of your manuscript, usually the first 30-50 pages
Full: When an agent requests your full manuscript to read
POV (Point of view): How you are telling your story and whose “head” you are in (first person, second person, third person limited, omniscient)
GMC (goal/motivation/conflict): Writers slang for the three main things you’ll need for a character in any story: goal, motivation, and conflict
MG (Middle Grade): generally speaking, readers between 8 and 12 years old
YA (Young Adult): generally speaking, readers between 12 and 18 years old
WC: The word count of your short story or manuscript
Beta: Aka, “beta reader” – a secondary reader who reads your MS and gives you their opinion
Query : The query letter is a concise pitch of your novel idea to an agent/publisher to entice them to request your marvelous MS (manuscript).
Slush (aka, the Slushpile): A pile of unsolicited manuscripts sent to a publisher, editor, or agent
SASE: This one’s almost a dinosaur now with email, but it stands for “self-addressed stamped envelope”
ARC: An “advance reading copy” of a novel that isn’t out yet –sent to book reviewers
NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month – a month where people across the nation attempt to write a novel in a month (November).
Any other abbreviations you use that I haven’t listed? Any you hate or love?