Thursday, February 7, 2008

A Few Definitions

I've realized recently that writers and editors use some unique abbreviations and terms. Here are definitions of some of them in no particular order:

POV - point of view
POV character - the character whose eyes the story is told through
ms - manuscript
mss - manuscripts
MC - main character
H/H - hero/heroine
headhopping - skipping from one POV to another repeatedly within a scene
narrative summary - telling the story like you're writing a newspaper article
YA - young adult
MG - middle-grade
PB - picture book; can also mean paperback

There are more, but I'm drawing a blank right at the moment on what they are. That tells you how ingrained they are in my vocabulary. If you've come across a writing-related term or abbreviation that you don't understand or think others should know about, leave a comment and I'll include the definition in a future post.

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