Oh Yay!

When a reader tells me they will always ship my favorite in-story couple:
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(True story.)


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Choosing the Perfect Word

dictionaryI love it when my characters use words I’m not certain of, and then when I go to check the definition, it’s precisely the right word to use! Ah, the cleverness of them.

For example, in the latest scene I was writing, Arianna was walking through the castle with her bow and arrows, feeling stupid. She said of passersby, “To their credit, none of them openly stared at her strange accoutrements.” Now, I don’t use that word. It’s too stuffy. And it didn’t sound like the right word for the situation, so I looked it up. The definition is “the equipment needed for a particular activity or way of life” — turns out Arianna had chosen the perfect word.

Eustace does this all the time, unsurprisingly. I mean, he’s not the Scholar for nothing. (Of course, when I go back to look for examples to show him off, I can’t find any of them. Alas.)

In a somewhat related vein, the most obnoxious feeling is when you’re thinking of a word — the perfect word — it’s on the tip of your tongue, but…nothing. No idea what it is. You can think of every almost-good-enough word there is, but not that perfect one. I turn to the thesaurus at that point and encounter every single word I’d already thought of (and then some) but I still can’t find it. Maybe it never existed, I don’t know.

It’s been several weeks now, but I’m still trying to find a word that means “soul” or “spirit” but isn’t either of those. Nothing seems right. Seriously, I’d love it if you’d leave a comment with options for a word I can use, because I’m running out of ideas.


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Books I’d Like to See: Resurrectionists

395px-Resurrectionists_by_phizI’ve been trying to get more into podcasts, and have been steadily going through the archives of Stuff You Missed in History Class. Actually, it may be more accurate to say I’ve been “devouring” the archives. A few weeks ago, I was listening to the episode about Burke and Hare, serial killers who supplied fresh cadavers to medical schools.

And while that part was interesting, I was actually struck by something else. I was already familiar with the rise of grave robbing. Medical schools needed bodies to teach students anatomy, but the demand far exceeded the supply. Grave robbers could make a lot of money by providing those bodies. People grew so fearful of having their bodies stolen that they would build cages around their graves to protect them.

But the part I didn’t know was that these grave robbers were called Resurrectionists.

First of all, that’s a freaking cool name.

Second, that name got my Muse to sit up and pay attention. That name got my Muse trying to put a paranormal twist on the Resurrectionists.

It still hasn’t decided all of the details, or even thought of characters. It just tosses the idea around a bit. Like maybe the Resurrectionists were reclaiming members of their group who had died (and needed to resurrect). Or maybe they were choosing new members. And maybe they were digging up more people than they needed to in order to hide their real business.

Pretty vague, right? But that’s okay, I’m not planning to write it. I’ll leave that for someone else to do. And I hope they do. Because if someone wrote a book like this, I’d read it. (Hint hint, anyone who is also struck by this and would like to write a fantasy book about it.)


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Whoa

When you finally put the last pieces together and realize what your Muse has been trying to tell you all along:
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Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

Writing on a Depression Seesaw

A_dog_plays_on_a_seesaw_with_children_in_Scotland,Back from Hawaii and the jet lag is kicking my butt. I was awake in the 1:30 to 4 am range, woke up at 9, meant to sleep in a little longer…and next thing I know it’s 1 pm. Whoops.

What’s really annoying, however, is this writing seesaw I seem to be on. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ve seen this for yourself. I’ll have an amazingly awesome day, like when I wrote a little over 2,500 words, followed by an absolute crap day where I write 0 words (and maybe throw out what I did write yesterday, so now it’s going into the negative).

And it’s not just about word count, or progress. My mood is significantly better on a good writing day. And my mood gets flushed down the toilet on a bad writing day. But saying it like that confuses the cause and effect: my mood dictates how I write. Sure, how I write feeds back into my mood, but it starts with mood.

So it takes twice as long to get anything done, because I can’t get anything done on a bad day. I just sit around and watch Netflix. And the bad days are way worse after getting seesaw’d from a good day, because I want to keep writing and keep up my momentum, but I’ve just plunged from one extreme to the other.

And since I’m writing this on a bad day (Sunday), that’s about all I’ve got. I’m just hoping that Monday will be a good day.


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.

My Week in GIFs

After writing over 2,500 words in one day:
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And then, realizing I had to throw out almost 1,000 of those words because I’d gone in the wrong direction AGAIN:
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And then, having a friend help me figure out how to keep most of what I’d written (and only throw out 372 words):
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So, you know…nothing new.


Jennifer A. Johnson is a newly published fantasy writer thanks to The Adventure of Creation anthology. She's still revising her first novel, but you can sign up for her free newsletter to pass the time.