An invented word, XX
As I began writing The Waking Prince, I realized something important: the fairy tales that I treasure most all have words that sound old-fashioned and formal.
This must be where the lovely fairy tale voice comes from, I thought!
And I wanted The Waking Prince to sound exactly this way. So I continuously reminded myself:
Look for words that sound old-fashioned and formal.
HOWEVER, this idea started to slow down my work. At various moments, I would get badly stuck for a fairy tale-sounding word. At times, absolutely nothing came to me!
And, when I was at a loss for one word, I lost track of everything else. Rather than working with all of the words I did know, I made the story come to a screeching halt each time I couldn’t think of one word!
I have no idea why, but one day when I was stuck, I simply wrote down XX in place of a word and moved on. And from then on, I used XX every single time I couldn’t think of anything better. XX is not in the dictionary, it is an invention, a word that means FILL IN LATER. I now love this non-word and use it very frequently!