My sister sent me an article about the early Christian missionaries to the Inuit in Alaska. The Inuit had no word for bread, since they did not grow grain and had never baked bread. The missionaries therefore adapted the Lord's Prayer to read "Give us this day our daily fish."
The Germans have a useful word, "Schadenfreude," to describe the (guilty) pleasure felt at the misfortunes of others. English has no single equivalent. Like Inuit and gloating Englishmen, writers, too, lack several useful words. We need:
* a word to describe the complex of emotions -- hope, anxiety, fear of rejection -- that a writer feels while waiting to hear from an editor or agent about his/her manuscript
* a word to capture the lovely sensation of a character suddenly springing to life and pulling the plot in a direction you didn't expect but which is really exciting. (and which it just took me 25 words to describe)
* a word to encapsulate the feeling of one's very first story sale -- "pride," "pleasure," or "triumph" don't even come close.
English may be a rich language, but these additions are needed.