Seven Ways to Use Acronyms in Your Writing – From the Writers in the Storm blog

Author Don Massenzio

acronym: a word, such as NATO, radar, or laser, formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term; also, an abbreviation, such as FBI, formed from initial letters.

Acronyms are a type of abbreviation. Chances are, your characters see, understand and use acronyms. And that can be very useful to you, the writer.

How can you use an acronym?

  1. Give a context to the world your characters inhabit: You’ll use acronyms that everyone will recognize, like AMEX, TSA, IRS. You don’t have to spell out the meanings of common acronyms; in fact, omitting the cumbersome definitions is exactly why you use this type of acronym.

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