“Acronyms” (Wednesday Writing Essential)

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“Acronyms” (Wednesday Writing Essential)

Woo hoo! We had over 20 submissions this week! Way to start of the new year, folks! Okay, and now for this week’s prompt…

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 “play,” 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 Webster’s Dictionary, are “words formed from the initial letters of other words (e.g., radar, laser).” So…here’s the topic: Use an existing acronym or create your own as a springboard for a response.

A List of Popular Acronyms:

-Chat Acronyms-

LOL – Laughing Out Loud

IDK – I Don’t Know

LMAO – Laughing My ‘A’ Off

SMH – Shaking My Head

-Style Manuals-

APA – American Psychological Association

MLA – Modern Language Association

CMS – Chicago Manual of Style

CSE – Council of Science Editors

-Airline Industry-

TWA – Trans World Airlines

TSA – Transportation Security Administration

NWA – Northwest Airlines


NOW – National Organization of Woman

NOAA – National Weather and Atmospheric Administration

FBI – 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 Myracle’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 group—serious or otherwise? Give the story behind the naming of the group.

-Do you have a style guide preference—ASA, CMS, CSE, or MLA? Why do you like one over the other?

-Discuss the acronyms for a certain 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 year—just from your WWE posts.

Submission Guidelines: 

1. Put the following prompt at the beginning or end of your submission, so readers will know what you’re supposed to do.

Wednesday’s Prompt: Use at least one acronym in your piece of writing. Post poetry, prose, a memoir, nonfiction, or an essay.

 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 you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.


This Week’s Submissions:

Wednesday’s Writing Essentials: The Bicyclist by Kingston Kaprinski

A Noun to live~A Verb to feel …Wednesday Writing Essential(A first of everything-NAME)by Busy Buzzy Bee ‘Gather Proud Mamarazzi’

Will Our Children Weep? : WWE: Theme Question. by William Dotani

My First Dog, Our first Decade (Wednesday Writing Essential) by J. Reid

WWE – Crush – Romantic infatuation by subroto s s.

Question Paths of Goodbye : WWE: Question theme by William Dotani

WWE….Our Last Step by Korak 257

Echoes ~ First (and Last) ~ Love ~ WWE by stephen berwaldt

EVERY STORY HIDES A SECRET – Wednesday Writing Essential by Barbary Chaapel

WWE — A Season of Firsts…. by Janet “Jax” B.

My First Automobile! WWE (Wednesday Writing Essential) Jan 4, 2012 by Tina M.

1979 MY FIRST DATE-wwe by karen vaughan

First words: Wednesday writing essentials by Sheila Deeth

My Wednesday Writing Essential is an essay about MY FIRST X-RAY by Phillip DeNise

My First Vacation ~ for Wednesday Writing Essential by JOHN BECK


Old Man and the Sky (Wednesday Writing Essential) by Birdie J.

Questions That Breathe : WWE : A First for everything prompt by William Dotani

They are our enemies, but they are not the worst!(WWE) by Aime Nzouzi

Wednesday Writing Essentials Firsts Rollercoasters by Patricia J.

Wednesday Writing Essential: My First Zoo Trip by G.H. Monroe



Previous Week’s Submissions

Book review: An informed guide to genre, the obscure by Kingston Kaprinski

THE GIFT OF ME….TRANSITION…01.02.2012…Barbara H…… by Barbara H.


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: I’ll add it to the list next week. Thanks!


Wednesday’s 2012 Line-Up:

Week #1 – Lists

Week #2 – Word Play

Week #3 – Literary Lingo

Week #4 – Questions, Quotes, & Quandaries

Week #5 – Multimedia


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