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! 🙂
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