My Theme Song This Past Week

I discovered Against the Current a while ago (thanks, Pandora!) and now that things seem to be turning around, their song Comeback Kid resonates on a whole new level. Especially this part:

You got this subtle kind of way about you that pulls me under but I won’t drown.
It’s gonna take a whole lot more than that to ever bring me down.


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.

A Short Update

Status

scrivener 5.32.55 PMI’m writing up a storm lately, so I’m only stopping here long enough to give you a short update. I passed the midpoint of the novel last week, and have been finishing up a lot of scenes. I’ve had to make a few adjustments to my outline, but (obviously) I think it’s for the best.

Yup. That’s about it. Now, back to writing.


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.

Return of the Author

After several months’ absence from the blogosphere, I return with an update for my progress on Narrator.

I’ve been spending every spare minute working on revisions. It’s definitely slow-going, but I’m proud of the result. My writing group is a treasure, helping me figure out the best way to tell the story of Calder and Pennington.

If you’d like to learn more about what you’ll see in Narrator, sign up for my re-vamped email newsletter. Every other week you’ll get bonus content delivered straight to your inbox, including excerpts from the novel, behind-the-scenes information about the world, and even a character quiz!

In other news, the Tamora Pierce book for which I’ve written an essay is going to be published soon! It’s called The Queen’s Readers: A Collection of Essays on the Words & Worlds of Tamora Pierce. I’m super excited, and will — of course — let you know when it releases.

If you have any questions for me, or if there’s anything you’d like to see me cover in the blog, go ahead and leave a comment or use the contact form. Until next time!


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.