I had planned to write about battles or a humorous post about how to become a published author. Though, I still remember writing something like that second one before. Might have been on writing process. Here we have the problem though.
My mind is rather scattered and my mood is still in a state of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. I look at the comments and posts that I want to read through. I’m trying to pull out the spark and charm, but this morning seems to be dragging. If I’m a ‘liker’ for a day or two then I apologize. I probably have to fix up what I wrote yesterday while I was in the bad mood. Nyx and friends had a climactic fight with a ghost, but right after that was a ‘I’m fine’, ‘Let’s go’, and cliffhanger. Today, I’m supposed to write a somewhat romantic scene and then back to the battle. Again, I’m fractured and avoiding the topic that is on my mind. I should be blunt.
An author, at least with fiction, is an open wound in terms of emotions. We put our hearts into our words and put it out for the world to do with as they will. So, for all our talk of thick skin and shrugging stuff off, there is always a part of us that is sensitive. I don’t want to get into reviews, but I’m making a point that an author can have a day where their mood simply plummets. It can be caused by a bad review, a personal problem, gloomy weather, or any number of things. We’re emotional processors with faulty off-switches, which is why the drunken, tortured author is such a prominent figure.
So, what does this mean for our writing when we hit these moods? You’ll see it in the words. There will be a rush to the end or mood swings from your characters. They might even seem lifeless. Take what I wrote yesterday. It was going along slowly as the characters explored the chamber and found a barrier to get through. Ghosts started causing trouble. Nyx freaked out to handle it. This is where it went downhill. There was no banter or talking afterwards. It did a swift . . . I can’t even figure out what to say about it. It wasn’t good. In fact, I might have blown by the best way to end. Dang it! Fractured thoughts.
How can you fix it? Depends on the cause, but some people simply step away from the writing until they’re settled. Others accept that a big editing job will need to be done and mark that area. Then there are the ones (Yo!) that continue writing and see what happens to the scene. This is nothing more than the childish, foolish version of the previous idea. The truth is that you have to decide by mood swing and not make a general ‘always do this’ when faced with emotional turmoil. Writing through might work for frustration, but curling up with a pint of ice cream might work better for sadness. Every emotion requires a different cure.
I will point out that we never have this problem with positive emotions. Those are what drive us while the negative ones are hindrances to a point. We still need those darker emotions to put them on the paper, so they’re definitely necessary evils or whatever you want to call them. So, an author shouldn’t cut themselves off from the darker emotions because that can have dire consequences for their writing as well. The trick is all about control and accepting that sometimes, you simply don’t have it and need to find a safe way out of the storm.
This post isn’t as insightful and informative as my typical ‘Thought’ posts are. It’s just an observation. Authors are their emotions whether they like to admit it or not. We’re sensitive and that can lead to emotional trouble without warning. That’s where I am now and I hope to push through it to finish at least 1 chapter this week.