Moods…oh how I wish they would not dictate how I feel about whether or not I will write today. But let’s be honest, they do. I am one of those writers who has to have a mood that is “Goldielocks”, not to good, not too bad…my mood has to be just right. Or at least I used to think so, until I realized that I wasn’t getting much done and that would just not do.
As a writer, mood swings is something that we have to master. I’m not saying that we have to figure out how NOT to have them; I mean we have to figure out how to make them work for us. If we don’t, we won’t do much writing because, let’s face it, most people’s moods change like the March wind…all the time and wildly in different directions.
I have learned to make whatever mood I am in work for my writing instead of against. If I am in a dark mood, so is my story. If I am angry, someone in my story is going to take a beating. (or lose their lottery ticket) If I am sad, my characters tend to be more emotional so I work within that framework. The bottom line is that our characters are supposed to be real people and real people have mood swings so why not just use what we are feeling and make them more “realer”. (I wrote it down so it is now an actual word now…ah ha!)
The thing is, writers are naturally emotional beings so to assume that we will have wild mood swings from time to time is not a far leap, but if we take the days’ mood and use it to our advantage, we win! So when you get up in the morning, rather than trying to make yourself fit into the writer mood you “think” you should be in, try writing to your mood. This morning I was an angry writer because one of my sons did something stupid. Right now I’m a relaxed writer because I am home alone and it is quiet for the first time in a month. Who knows what kind of writer I will be an hour from now, but whatever it is, I will make it work for me and not the other way around.
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