NaNoWriMo is starting on November 1 and Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets are already buzzing with excitement!
But many first-time writers often get confused when they join online writing groups and forums. So many writers use abbreviations to talk about their work that the uninitiated sometimes just stare at a tweet and decide they have a better shot at deciphering hieroglyphs without the Rosetta Stone.
“The FMC in my AU WiP is a total BAMF!”
Er… your what, now?
So I’ve put together a little list of the most common terms and abbreviations you might see and hear when you’ve got writing buddies. The lovely FB NaNoers helped as well.
AU – Alternate Universe Often found in fanfiction, but denotes any sort of altered reality.
WiP – Work in Progress
FMC – Female Main Character
MMC – Male Main Character
MC – Main Character yes, there’s a pattern…
BG – Bad Guy
BBG – Big Bad Guy In case there is someone your BG answers to
WC – Word Count
PH – Plot Hole
PoS – Project on Standby
PLI – Primary Love Interest
LI – Love Interest
PRO – Protagonist
ANT – Antagonist
UEG – Ultimate End Goal
BAMF – Bad-Ass Mother F***er This can be male or female, they just really kick butt
HEA – Happily Ever After
TSTL – Too Stupid To Live
ISO – In Search Of
SC – Secondary Character
H/C – Hurt/Comfort
POV – Point of View
PWP – Plot? What Plot? (in Erotica, it can also mean Porn Without Plot)
CDS – Character Death Scene
XO – Crossover (between different books/shows/movies, usually a term in fanfiction)
The NaNo peeps also added a few abbreviations for themselves, like:
INMC – I Need More Coffee
EIGTS – Editing Is Going To Suck
IROMS – Idiot Reading Over My Shoulder (to be used in public)
BM – Because Magic
BS – Because Science (BM & BS can be used to explain pretty much everything)
… and one person insisted I also add TMPODHOWDAGE – Talking Maniacal Potato Of Doom Hellbent On World Domination And Galatic Enslavement because apparently every story needs one of those.
With that description, all I can think of is Strax, tough….
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Do you have any abbreviations to add? Let me know in the comments! 🙂