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! 🙂
3 thoughts on “The AU in the WIP – Writer Speak”
A term I don’t see on here is the ever present Plot Bunny – a cute new idea that tries to get you to chase it. While these usually are spawned in the middle of writing something, and they try to get the author to abandon their current project because “oh, this will be a really quick idea to flesh out. I’ll be back to my NaNoNovel in no time!” DON’T DO IT. These stray plots are worse than Alice’s White Rabbit for leading you down strange holes and into places where card-deck queens want to cut your head off. In fact, I’m certain that Carroll was only documenting an actual encounter with a plot bunny. If it is TOO soft and cuddly, write a paragraph summary in your notbook, then get back to writing!
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I need to add these to my arsenal of confusing words 🙂
LOL, what else could a person think of with that description?!
This is a great list. BAMF has always been one of my favourite abbreviations.
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