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!
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
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
Bookstagram: book related hashtags, profiles, and photos of Instagram
Self-Publishing/Indie Publishing: publishing as an independent author – using ones own means, without the use of a publishing house.
Traditional Publishing: publishing through acceptance and contract with a publishing house
Beta: beta reader – someone 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
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!