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Words, with their mysterious origins and myriad of meanings, have always fascinated me. My bookcase is crammed with dictionaries, thesauruses, combinations of the two, a battered copy of The Dictionary of American Slang and, on my iPod, Slango Lite lurks misfiled under weather apps.
So what does MOJO mean? Lately, I’ve lost my writing mojo. I figure if I put its definition down in words, mojo will return to me. (Your basic magical thinking!)
Dictionary of American Slang – 1975 – mojo n. Any narcotic. Addict use. (Yikes!)
Oxford America Writer’s Thesaurus – 2004 – noun – informal – magic, voodoo, hoodoo, wizardry; charm. (Pretty straightforward.)
Slango Lite – 4/14/13 – The word was not found in the database. (So much for apps.)
m-w.com – 4/14/2013 – a magic spell, hex or charm resulting in a magical power. (I’ll settle for a magical power.)
But, writing has nothing to do with magic spells. The real magic is in the writing. Loss of mojo only means you work harder. You stare at the screen, pound the keys and invoke the power of words. Eventually, you find the right combination of letters that will unleash the reader’s imagination. True that. Even so, I would like to wave the wand over my words once in a while and watch them fall into place like flecks of gold leaf on the page.
What magic do you use to write your best work ever?