Sunday, September 18, 2022

Even Writers Need to Play—Join in on the ABCs of Writing

by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam

I don’t know how your year has gone, but my year has been rather testing on many levels. The summer brought us a new degree of on our knees praying. A lot. With that, I’ve lost a lot of time to write, which in turn has me pretty down. 

I’ve struggled with writing and all the doubts and questions have risen to a bubbling point. But I’m generally a positive person—and definitely one who loves to giggle as much as possible—so I thought I’d give us something to get any of us writers out there with drooping chins something to have fun with. 

Let’s have some fun and play “The ABCs of Writing.” I enjoyed trying this as I prepared this post, but I know you all can add to my list. For each letter of the alphabet, share a word in the comments below that is writing and writing industry related. See how many more you can add, and maybe we might find ourselves having to do a little research on some words we’ve not come across in our writing journey yet. 

Play the ABCs of Writing

A – agents, archetype, antagonist, acquisitions, alliteration.

B – brainstorming, bylines, bios, blogging, beats.

C – caffeine, chocolate, coaching, connections, critiques, conferences.

D – deadlines, deleting, dictionary.

E – editors, edits, engagement, editing, eBook.

F – friendship, fiction, flash-fiction

G – genre, galleys.

H – hybrid, historical.

I – Independent.

J – Jargon, journal.

K – keywords.

L – learn, lingo. 

M – manuscript, metaphor.

N – nonfiction, novel, novella.

O – online, outline.

P – premise, publishing, platform, protagonist, plot, POV, punster, proposals.

Q – query, questions, quantifiers.

R – romance, reading.

S – synopsis, suspense, subplot, speculative.

T – thesaurus, togs, trope, theme.

U – update, understatement.

V – value-added, voice, vocabulary.

W – writing, write, writer.

X – Xenophanic (for real writing term!).

Y – YOU (only YOU can answer YOUR calling to write YOUR story).

Z – Zoom!, Zzzzs (need your rest), Zeugma (look it up!).

Those are some I have come up with. What else would you add to the list? 


Tammy Karasek uses humor and wit to bring joy and hope to every aspect in life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, drives her passion to encourage and inspire others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s gone from down and defeated to living a “Tickled Pink” life as she believes there’s always a giggle wanting to come out! 

She’s the Social Media Manager for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Founding President and current Vice-President of ACFW Upstate SC, Founding President of Word Weavers Upstate SC. She’s a writing team member for The Write Conversation Blog, Novel Academy, and MBT Monday Devotions and others. Her work was published in a Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. When not writing Women’s Fiction and Rom-Com, she’s The Launch Team Geek helping authors launch their books and a Virtual Assistant for authors.