Acronyms: Part 2

Today I’d like to share some of the editing acronyms that have been used on me or by me. I love to edit as much as I love to write and drink coffee. “I was born with a red pen in my hands.” Growing up, my idea of a great time was to print off my stories so I could make them better with my magic red pen…yeah, I was kinda a weird, loner child…(and, not much has changed in that area)¬†But starting the editing early has been great for my writing life…editors have nothing on MY red pen!

Again, all you editors (and writers) out there…if I’ve missed any, please comment below. THANKS.

ED = Editor! ūüôā

RUE = Resist the Urge to Explain

FBP = Floating Body Part (example: “My eyes landed on her.”…that would require them to pop out of your head, fly across the room, and land on her…)

RO = Run-on sentence

STET = Let it Stand

WW = Wrong Word

ROFL = Rolling on Floor Laughing

OTT = Over the Top

SNI = Shiny New Idea

OMNI = Omniscient

IM = Internal Monologue

BS = Backstory

CRIT = Critique

GMC = Goals, Motivation, Conflict (yeah, these are important to have in fiction)

IMHO = In My Humble Opinion

AWK = Awkward sentence

SP = Spelling…check it…and like Messy Mondays says: “Some people think that the red squiggly line underneath the words is the computers way of saying ‘Oh yes, keep it up!'”

CMS = Chicago Manual of Style (this is a HUGE book with all the editing rules…)

TBR = To Be Read (Pile of books)…this can also mean, To Be released

ISBN =¬†International Standard Book Number. (You get one of these when you’re book gets published)

TMI/TNCA = Too Much Information / That Nobody Cares About

TLD = Time Line Discrepancy (this one was created by my editor Vie)

DW? = Do What?? (Also created by my editor)

**And of course, my very own self editing acronyms:

TWS = That Was Stupid

TMNSW = That Made No Sense Whatsoever!

NCTS = Need Coffee in This Scene

GW = Great Writing

ARGH = All right, gonna holler!

RME = Rolled My Eyes (yes, I committed a FBP there…)

**Forgot these last week: LI = Love Interest  &  AFK = Away From Keyboard


My Distraction

I should be writing, but I find myself distracted by Messy Mondays on Youtube.
Although, today is Monday, so I guess it’s okay to watch a bunch of these in a row…right??
If you’ve never watched these and you NEED to be writing, BEWARE! STAY AWAY!

*These are very blunt, but very profound.

*HEY…my favorite word made the list COFFEE….aw man… ūüôā

Shameless self-promotion (this time for my dear friend!)

This is a great post by my friend, Olivia Stocum, about our mutual author friend Elaine Miller! Check out this book. It’s great! (Just LOVE the title!)

Olivia Stocum Romance Fiction

I‚Äôve found these ‚Äėcanned‚Äô posts often don‚Äôt get a lot of traffic, but I encourage anyone who is in a relationship with an idiot (by this I mean anyone in any relationship) to check out Elaine and her awesome book. I know her personally, and she‚Äôs a great lady, with an awesome message.

I will step out of the way here . . .  



Author on a Mission to Strengthen Marriages Everywhere!

August 3, 2012 ‚ÄĒ There is an old saying that goes ‚Äúdating is hard, but marriage is harder!‚ÄĚ And if you ask any married couple on the planet, they will no doubt agree with you. Whether it is trying to work together on how to raise the children or balance the household budget, couples will sometimes not see eye to eye.

But now there is a new book with lots of great advice for every…

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Not perfect? Pffft…. you don’t deserve grace.

Check out this great blog! I love the Messy Monday videos…If you’ve never seen one, check them out…They are kinda addictive though… ūüôā

Olivia Stocum Romance Fiction

So, you’re a Christian. Well, I’m a Christian too. (snark) How come I heard you swear when that 32 ounce boiling-hot gas station coffee spilled all over you? Or what about the time I caught you crying when your dog died? I thought you were supposed to be happy, ALL OF THE TIME? I understand you haven’t slept in weeks and your BFF has cancer, but seriously, you asked your doctor about going on anti-depressants? WHAT is wrong with you?

Special thanks to Janelle at, who introduced me to these videos.

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Acronyms: Part I

People keep asking me about the acronyms I use, and what they stand for. Apparently there are people out there that aren’t involved in the writing world at all. (GASP!) ūüôā¬†So, for all of you who live in the “normal” world, here is a list of common acronyms used by writers.¬†(If there are any I missed, please comment below).

WIP = Work in Progress

ARC = Advanced Reader’s Copy

POV = Point of view (If there is a 1st, 3rd . . . just means which POV…first person, third person)

SASE = self addressed stamped envelope

CP = Critique Partner

WM = Writer’s Market

MS = Manuscript

MSS = Manuscripts

MC = Main Character

SS = Simultaneous Submission

HEA = Happily Ever After

WB = Writer’s Block

BIC = Butt in chair 

For Genres (G): (This is where you’ll find a certain book on the shelves)

YA = Young Adult  = (this is what I write!)

F = Fantasy (can also be just plain Fiction)

NF = Non fiction

SF = Science Fiction

HF = Historical Fiction

HR = Historical Romance (HR can also stand for Highland Romance. i.e.

CF = Christian Fiction

MG = Middle Grade

B =  Biography

M = Memoir

AB = Autobiography

PB = Picture Book

My Acronyms:

BO = Bouncer (This is someone that you bounce ideas off of, someone who helps you get unstuck, get over those roadblocks. I have¬†several¬†BO’s in my life!)

CT =  Coffee Time

ODS = Odd Duck Society ūüôā (this is for all my odd duck writer friends out there!)


**Stay tuned. Part II will be on all the wonderful editing Acronyms out there.


My Sponsor

I just wanted to take a minute (I could go on for days…) out of my writing day to say a HUGE thank you to my unofficial sponsor.


It’s my drug/drink of choice…every writer has something that gets them motivated to put pen to page, or fingers to keys…

I’d especially like to thank DINER COFFEE. My novels are powered by coffee, and I’ve found that diner coffee fuels my writing the most. There’s nothing like walking into a diner and having the waitress hand me a cup of coffee. I go sit in my corner booth. Open my laptop. Sip my coffee…and magically my cup is NEVER empty! (Thank you to all the wonderful waitresses who plug in my coffee IV).

So, again, thank you COFFEE for powering my novels!


The Vesatile Blogger

Just wanted to thank one of my writing Besties, Olivia Stocum, for thinking of me and sending me this award. Check out her blog:

If you’re on the list of nominated blogs below, then this is what you do next:

1) Add The Versatile Blogger award photo on a blog post

2) Thank the person who presented you with the award and link back to him or her in your post
3) Share seven things about yourself
4) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers you’ve recently discovered. Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

7 random things about myself:

1.¬†I’ve been writing since before Kindergarten (reading since before then, too). I loved to write stories, print them off, and edit them with my red pen…I still love this…born with a red pen in my hand!¬†

2. I love music and baking. I sing (love to harmonize) and dabble at piano. One of my dreams is to be a part of band…(maybe sing on stage with The Band Perry or Dierks Bentley…) Baking:¬†cookies fix everything. It’s a way for me to unwind and to bring joy to everyone around me by passing out goodies.

3. I’ve been playing volleyball since the womb. ūüôā My mom was pregnant for me while she was coaching college volleyball. I love to play (setter), and tend to get annoyed when the rules aren’t followed…Bump, set, spike! Oh, and I can’t stand watching volleyball because I’d rather be playing!

4. I got married 2 weeks after I graduated from high school…(18 years old). My wonderful husband was 22. So blessed to be married to a man who takes his vows seriously!

5. I love hanging out with teenagers! I never really was a teen when I was a teen. I enjoy being goofy and also being there to encourage and help teens as they struggle through the teen years.

6. I’m a coffee-drinking,¬†countrified¬†PD (that’s not Police Department)–Pastor’s¬†Daughter…

7. I’m more afraid of¬†success¬†than failure…I’m wiling to be used…how far will God take me??


And now on to other people. Here are 15 of my favorite blogs. You should definitely these check out:

-Olivia Stocum

-Juliana Cobb





-Sarah Ladd

-Amy Emily

-Hartline Agency