Tuesday’s Word

Nebulous
adjective
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

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About Jessi Gage

Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). A career student (aka indecisive and inquisitive bookworm), Jessi brings her love of research to her worlds and characters. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good always trumps evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.
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