Thursday, June 24, 2010
Does your mood affect your writing?
I learned something very important from the latest writing contest I entered.
So goeth my mood, so goeth my writing.
Here’s what happened. I sent in three chapters from a book I worked on last year. Written during a year I was probably the most discouraged as neither my husband nor I could find work. We were at the end of our desperation rope. Depressed is a kind way of saying how freaked out we felt some days.
Anyways. It showed.
One judge remarked that my opening was good—set the mood—you know all that stuff. Then the second chapter moved along but by the time they got to the third chapter, they told me I needed to stop the depression for heaven’s sake. (that’s my interpretation) Enough already. My characters needed to move forward! Yeah—wish I could but hey, I’m not in my books.
So I waited awhile and went back to look at it. After my miffed attitude relented and let me.
You know something? They were right.
It shows. Our mood can affect our writing if we aren’t careful. Whether we’re feeling playful or down or really romantic. It shows.
So what to do? I don’t want my ups and downs to dilute every character I create!
Here’s what I’ve been doing.
Step back and wait awhile before submitting. Sound advice but something I don’t always do.
After this last eye-opener, I have become very conscious of it.
How does your mood affect your writing or your blog?