Try Everything…When Writing a Novel

Try Everything is the most accurate song about writing that I have ever heard. Especially this part of the chorus that defines revision:
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
Until I reach the end and then I’ll start again.

And if you haven’t seen Zootopia yet, you should go do that.


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 Little Inspirations

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A few years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to get a cover for The Narrator. It would be like visualizing the end goal — whenever I was having a tough time writing, I could look at it and feel inspired.

frameYou’ve seen this awesome cover before. One of my friends made it. Actually, he made me several, but this one was first and it’s my favorite. Unfortunately, neither of us can re-find the guy he used for Pennington. Keep an eye out, let me know if you see him anywhere!

A short time later, another friend printed out the cover and made me a lovely frame. This currently sits on my desk. (Although, I don’t use my desk. I had intended to use my desk when I placed the frame there, but…guess I should just move it down to the couch where I actually write.)

I also have something for my car. My writing group friends are a fan of that one!

notebookThose are all my Narrator-related inspirations, but I have a general writing one as well. It’s not music or a location or anything like that. It’s actually very simple: a blank notebook page. Especially a blank first notebook page.

Nothing’s better than the promise of an empty notebook! Now, excuse me while I go fill that sucker up with terrible handwriting.


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.