not developed or clear enough to describe
This is one of those words that I was pretty sure I knew but wasn’t super confident about using in my writing without verifying the definition. This happens to me a lot–maybe it means i’m an insecure writer. Or a perfectionist. Whatever. All I know is that if it goes in a manuscript of mine, I have thought about it, researched it, and tried variations of it until it’s the best I can posisbly make it.
So, here’s the context I used nebulous in. This is a few sentences from a wip about an ex-stripper and a 27-yo virgin who must fight literal demons in addition to their figurative ones in order to be together. It’s called Jade’s Spirit, and it is almost complete and ready to query (…again. First round queries were not encouraging, so I’m revamping the book with a broader market in mind.)
It took her a few minutes of hanging out on her luggage to realize some nebulous emotion was tainting her excitement at being a homeowner. It was deeper than the fear of responsibility, and it was too ugly to be left-over grief from losing Grandma Nina. Maybe it was some gut-level resistance to growing up.
Definition from http://www.onelook.com/?w=nebulous&ls=a