12 Useful acronyms to help you with your writing

Posted on October 25, 2016 By thesuccessmanual Topic: Remarkable, Writing, Acronyms

These useful writing acronyms are from our jumbo guide to 100+ usefulful acronyms.

BIC
A big tip for writers - you have to sit down to write something - put in the hours.
Butt In Chair

A better alternative: BICHOK: Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard (only way to finish a book)

PEE
An Essay-writing Technique:
Point - Make a point.
Evidence - Quote the text.
Review - Check your work

FADQQ
Short for a technique for writing the main body of an essay:

Facts, Anecdote, Description, Question, Quote or Dialogue

FIRES

Short for another technique for writing the main body of an essay:

Facts, Incidents, Reasons, Examples, Statistics

PRGRLQ
Short for a technique for ending essays:

Predict, Recommend, Generalize, Restating, last events, Question

RUE
A writer should not explain everything that appears on the page. That takes the magic out of writing.

Resist the Urge to Explain

DEFENDS
Decide on audience, goals, and position
Examine the reasons for your theme
Form a list of points for each reason
Expose your position in the first sentence
Note each reason and supporting points
Drive home the position in the last sentence
Search for errors and correect

- A acronym for task-specific writing strategy (given by E.S. Ellis)


RAFT
A writing strategy:
Role of the Writer: Who are you as the writer? A movie star? The President? A plant?
Audience: To whom are you writing? A senator? Yourself? A company?
Format: In what format are you writing? A diary entry? A newspaper? A love letter?
Topic: What are you writing about?

PLAN
A writing strategy by Edwin S. Ellis:

Preview audience, goals, & words.
List main ideas & details.
Assign numbers to indicate order.
Note ideas in complete sentences.

P-I-E
A writing strategy to remember the key parts of a paragraph.

Point, Illustrations, Explanation

STOPS
Helps you remember which aspects of your writing they should check when editing: Sentence structure, Tenses, Organization, Punctuation, Spelling

SCOPE
A proofreading strategy: Spelling, Capitalization, Order of words, Punctuation, Express complete thoughts

Note: This compilation is from The Success Manual, 600+ pages of compiled wisdom on 125 important traits, skills and activities.

You might also want to check out Rules For Writers, a useful collection of writing advice from great writers and good books about writing.


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