Free Week at 4F,1H and this week has gotten past me.I have been trying to do some catch-up reading, but have gotten in virtually no writing. Not one letter.
I have to admit that I have had people in and out , we’ve had doctors’ appointments for my husband and for myself, two of them out-of-town, which take hours and hours away from the keyboard and away from reading.
One thing in my reading recently that I have found a problem is that some writers throw acronyms at their readers without an initial explanation; that is really bothersome.
I don’t like writers who ‘write-down’ to readers, but to exclude a large number of your readership into your circle seems like an insult. One has to try to guess, which isn’t easy , or one must stop and look up the initials.
For instance, nearly everyone would know that “U.N.” stand for “United Nations”, but how many readily know what the “UNODC” is? It is the “United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime”, in case, like me, you did not know. A person could get the idea of what it DID by reading it in context, but really, I could not decipher the actual organization on my own.
Another book that I just cracked open to check out on the advice of a friend had the narrator talking about AIGA awards. He said it twice. I figured it was for his graphic designs, but I had no idea WHAT the organization was: it is the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Did you know that one? I let it slide the first time but I could not the second time; I had to stop reading to look it up. I am not sure I will finish the book, no matter who suggested it. I found it pretentious.
These are just a few examples. I am a pretty well-read person, who tried to keep up on matters of the world, but don’t you think a writer should incorporate the full name of organizations into their work before they start using acronyms, (even the better known ones)? After all, I think every writer would like to think that readers from all over, (and those in the future), would read their works.
So let me know what you think, and I’ll leave less long-winded post than usual this week!
[By the way, mine above in the title stands for: Authors Confusing Readers Offering Nonhelpful, Yawn-inspiring,Mystifying, Subjects]