â€œAcronymsâ€ (Wednesday Writing Essential)
Woo hoo! We hadÂ over 20Â submissions this week! Way to start of the new year, folks! Okay, and now for this weekâ€™s promptâ€¦
The other night, my husband and I were watching a re-run of How I Met Your Mother. It was the episode where Barney created a Play Book to woo women, and one â€œplay,â€ entitled SNASA (Secret National Aeronautical Space Association), included a mission to the Smoon.
Our lives, now abbreviated to the max, brim with acronyms. We text with them, work with them, and even hear them on TV sitcoms. So I figured, Why not write with them?
Acronyms, as defined by Websterâ€™s Dictionary, are â€œwords formed from the initial letters of other words (e.g., radar, laser).â€ Soâ€¦hereâ€™s the topic: Use an existing acronym or create your own as a springboard for a response.
A List of Popular Acronyms:
LOL â€“ Laughing Out Loud
IDK â€“ I Donâ€™t Know
LMAO â€“ Laughing My â€˜Aâ€™ Off
SMH â€“ Shaking My Head
APA â€“ American Psychological Association
MLA â€“ Modern Language Association
CMS â€“ Chicago Manual of Style
CSE â€“ Council of Science Editors
TWA â€“ Trans World Airlines
TSA â€“ Transportation Security Administration
NWA â€“ Northwest Airlines
NOW â€“ National Organization of Woman
NOAA â€“ National Weather and Atmospheric Administration
FBI â€“ Federal Bureau of Investigation
Use at least one acronym in your piece of writing. Post poetry, prose, a memoir, nonfiction, or an essay.
-Create a fictitious company or organization and develop a story for it.
-Write a story where two or more characters converse in text lingo. Check out Lauren Myracleâ€™s books.
-Try to start a texting trend and come up with some new chat acronyms.
-Do you belong to an organization with an acronym? Have you ever created an acronym for a groupâ€”serious or otherwise? Give the story behind the naming of the group.
-Do you have a style guide preferenceâ€”ASA, CMS, CSE, or MLA? Why do you like one over the other?
-Discuss the acronyms forÂ a certainÂ profession.
Ideas for Novelists:
If you are interested in writing a novel, then utilize the WWE prompts to help you achieve your goal. With 52 prompts at 500 words each, you could draft a 26,000-word manuscript in one yearâ€”just from your WWE posts.
1. Put the following prompt at the beginning or end of your submission, so readers will know what youâ€™re supposed to do.
Wednesdayâ€™s Prompt: Use at least one acronym in your piece of writing. Post poetry, prose, a memoir, nonfiction, or an essay.
Â 2. Post to Gather Writing Essential.
3. Tag your submission with WWE.
4. Include (Wednesday Writing Essential) as part of your title.
5. Make your submission(s) by next Tuesday afternoon. Deadline date:
6. There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If youâ€™re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
This Weekâ€™s Submissions:
Previous Weekâ€™s Submissions
Weekly Reminder: Don’t forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida’s article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!). Also, try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.
If I missed your response, please let me know: Iâ€™ll add it to the list next week. Thanks!
Wednesdayâ€™s 2012 Line-Up:
Week #1 â€“ Lists
Week #2 â€“ Word Play
Week #3 â€“ Literary Lingo
Week #4 â€“ Questions, Quotes, & Quandaries
Week #5 â€“ Multimedia