Writer & Reader Lingo

It can be difficult to understand all of the lingo for reading and writing communities and platforms. What on Earth is a WIP? What about an MC? What’s bookstagram? I know I struggled with it at first. Here are some of the important words and abbreviations you need to know!

Abbreviations

WIP: Work In Progress

MC: Main Character

OC: Original Character

OTP: One True Pairing – characters that fans believe make/would make a great romantic pair

TBR: To Be Read

DNF: Did Not Finish

ARC: Advanced Review Copy – a copy of a book that has not yet been released, in exchange for an honest review

MG: Middle Grade audience – children in middle/elementary school

YA: Young Adult audience

NA: New Adult audience

POD: Print On Demand – a service used by self-published authors to print copies of their books

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

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Words

Protagonist: the leading character in a story – typically the hero

Antagonist: the main opposition to the protagonist – sometimes a villain, but can be anyone with a conflicting agenda

Static: a character that does not change throughout the story

Dynamic: a character that does change throughout the story

Flat: a two dimensional character – no real depth

Round: a three dimensional character – good depth and development

Trope: a recurring pattern in fiction – sometimes in the form of a cliche, but not always. Can be good or bad.

Bookstagram: book related hashtags, profiles, and photos of Instagram

Self-Publishing/Indie Publishing: publishing as an independent authorusing ones own means, without the use of a publishing house.

Traditional Publishing: publishing through acceptance and contract with a publishing house

Beta: beta readersomeone who reads a book in stages before publication and provides the author with private feedback

Goodreads: an online platform for readers to rate and review books, follow friends, participate in giveaways, and in turn get customized book recommendations

OUTLIERS: an awesome YA dystopian/science fiction novel that you can learn more about here, meet the characters of here, and get links to purchase here 😉

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Now you can get out there and put some new words to use!

Thanks for reading! I hope this list was helpful for you – I know I sure needed it when I first started out 🙂 I post new content on Saturdays, so be sure to follow and stay up-to-date!

Happy reading and writing everybody!

 

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  1. Hello BCB,

    The writerese is always growing. Gotta keep learning, right? Thank you for breaking it down.

    Gary

    On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 5:10 AM Brain Clutter Blogs wrote:

    > brainclutterblogs posted: “It can be difficult to understand all of the > lingo for reading and writing communities and platforms. What on Earth is a > WIP? What about an MC? What’s bookstagram? I know I struggled with it at > first. Here are some of the important words and abbreviations” >

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