Acronyms and Other Weird Language

yada-yada-1430679_1920Wouldn’t it be fun to invent your own language? Can you imagine all the drama you could avoid? What better way to avoid conflict.

Husband: Did you really back out of the garage … with the door still down?

Me: Yucka-doodle-dun iddy-bun.

Can you imagine the amusement you’d have–at other people’s expense.

The grocery cashier: How’s your day?

Me: Ivickity-plickety-mon.

The coffeehouse barista: What can I get for you?

Me: Mistificiticita doplarning.

Hm … Now that last one might be dangerous. Don’t mess with my coffee, y’all.

My guest today is having some fun with words, but then she ruins it all by translating. Just kidding. Sort of.

You Might Be A Writer If….
by Barbara Britton

Writers are a unique bunch of people. Imaginary characters have conversations in our brains, we wake up with scenes playing in our head, and we have a lingo all our own. Can e-learning-1367416_640you pass this writer’s quiz?

~Does the acronym BICHOK motivate you?

~You know that a TP in your story doesn’t refer to toilet paper.

~Your query letter explains the book, the cook, and the ­­­­____?

Behind In Chair, Hands On Keyboard is the position writers are in when they type their manuscripts. I also use this acronym to inspire my children to finish their homework. When I hear complaints about the length of the papers my kids have to write, I encourage them with the adage, you can’t fix a blank page. Writers use these phrases to keep on track with their stories, but they also work well with anxious teens. Some days it is hard to write when it’s just you alone with your keyboard. Remembering to start—anywhere—gets me going.

Every story has turning points (TPs). A turning point can be a new clue that is found in a mystery; a secret revealed by a character, bad guys showing up at the wrong time (I guess there is no good time for bad guys to show up). Turning points are essential to build typewriter-1248089_640conflict into a story. They are just as essential as the real TP. Without conflict and tension, a storyline drags, and readers become bored. Characters that change and discover new things about themselves and the world are intriguing.

Query letters are referred to as a book resume. The query should reveal the title of your book, information about the author (the cook), and share the hook to your story. A unique premise is more likely to pique the interest of an editor, literary agent, and ultimately the reader. In a query letter, the writer must condense the story into two or three catchy paragraphs. The query will read like the back cover copy of your novel. Writing an amazing query letter takes practice, but take heart, it is shorter to write than a manuscript.

How did you do on the quiz? I am constantly learning new terms as I read writing blogs and craft books. Are you a writer? What are some acronyms or writing specific words you use?


When the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her, Hannah flees Jerusalem and is captured by an enemy with a curse all his own.

As the sole daughter of the chief priest, Hannah is publicly providence_h12055_300shamed when the prophet of Israel refuses to heal her.

Determined to restore her family’s honor, Hannah escapes Jerusalem in hopes of finding the prophet and convincing him to heal her deformities. Gilead, a young Hebrew guard sympathetic to her plight, willingly accompanies her. On their way, they are captured by a band of raiders.

Hannah is forced to serve in the household of the commander of the Aramean army, an officer who is in need of healing himself. Meanwhile Gilead is being used as sword practice for the Aramean soldiers.

Hannah must act fast to save Gilead and herself. But survival means coaxing the prophet of Israel to heal an enemy commander.

Buy Providence: Hannah’s Journey on Amazon, B&N, PelicanBookGroup, and Walmart.


britt-068aBarbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicks off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of Providence: Hannah’s Journey. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America.

Connect with Barbara on her websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Book Trailer.


About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.
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2 Responses to Acronyms and Other Weird Language

  1. rlbayne says:

    Good points on writing!


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