Hey!! What's the story?
We're looking for your thoughts and experiences on whether writing has a positive effect on your mood.
Do you need to set targets, minimum time or words to achieve a positive effect and does a failure to meet your target result in a negative effect?
Does a good mood equate to good writing?
I gave this some thought and I'm surprised how much writing effects me to be honest.
The main place I writing in on the train to work (about 45 minutes). Because it's 1.5 hour a day total I have an easier time to reach my goal of 500 a day. Hitting (and going over) the target really gives a sense of progress as is a great motivator.
The added effect hereby is that (even in the train) writing can completely clear my mind. The 45 minutes before work clears out any doubtful thoughts and I can begin with a fresh start each day. And no matter how busy I've been on work, the train ride home acts as a way to settle my mind back. Combine this with 1 hour of cycling a day (back and forth to the station) And it's safe to say that it's a pretty effective way to kill stress
Having a set point and time to write works great on my mood and I indeed write better like that. (of topic) and you get some brilliant looks in the train when they see you opening a laptop be completely absorbed by writing for 45 minutes, but pack up everything is a second when you've reached your stop.
So yeah, writing is a really good stress reliever for me and serves a transmission between home and work
Hello all. I am only dabbling in writing at the moment but began doing so to elevate my mood. It is escapism from a demanding job and the act of writing for the sake of it rather than a deadline or someone else's agenda is very cathartic.
A few months down the line and I can see that I need to work at it and there are clear areas for improvement. So I am at a pivotal moment - do I carry on writing or have I got it out of my system? Is it something I am prepared to commit time to so I can hone and perfect it, or just something I'll dabble in now and again.
It's like training to surf or paddling in the rock pools I guess.
It does elevate my mood, yes. I'm at my happiest.
Thing is, when working on something "big", especially if it's planned out, I find my mood altered for the worse by NOT writing. It feels like madness, a sort of terror or drive, or desire, more accurately.
Goes away for another day when I put something down, 300 words or 3,000.
In a way, I think my mood may be worse off through writing, sometimes.
Once I finish with a story, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders; all those thoughts and feelings struggling to get out have been finally expressed and so I feel relieved. In that sense, writing does have a positive effect on my mood.
My main target is to finish my stories.I don't count how many words I have written like most authors do, but how many stories I have finished. Nothing bothers me more than leaving a story unfinished;once I start writing a story, I absolutely have to finish it within two days at the most.
I'm usually in a good mood when I sit down to write.
Ten minutes and thirty meaningless doodles later I am usually feeling slightly less amenable. A further eight minutes will find me scribbling out, with a building sense of frustration, the only three sentences I have written up to that point.
Thirty minutes into the process I will now have a half-empty cup of coffee sitting next to me, into which I will have crammed the balled-up A4 sheets of nonsensical drivel that have been rejected so far. Once the cup is full I take to booting the next three balls across the room into the bin. Then I get up and boot the bin, just because I can.
A repeat of this process usually takes me up to my target of an-hour's-writing-a-day by which time I have usually torn out any of the hair I have remaining.
I then tidy up my desk and pour the soggy contents of my coffee cup into the bin. Then I look at brown-stained paper in the bin and wish I had some matches handy. I'm feeling pretty low by this point.
I then go to leave the room and pause to switch off the light and am immersed in a wave of abject failure. It is at this point I remember how much I hate writing.
But I close the door, knowing I'll be back for an hour tomorrow, and I'm happy again.
Writing is my greatest joy, but still my greatest anxiety.
My moods are a combination of whirlwinds, and I feel like a tornado-chaser when it comes to trying to pin one down-- sometimes I catch and ride them, and other times I'm almost eaten up and destroyed by them.
I read somewhere that writing puts you in confrontation with yourself, and I believe this to be absolutely true. Writing makes me confront these moods when they become monsters, and when I finish a story or a blog, I feel like I've conquered my fears-- but there is always a certain amount of anxiety and discouragement over how big these monsters are.
Writing isn't just words on a page for me-- it's become my way of figuring out my life, one story at a time.
I agree Robby. That response made me smile.
Robby Lyon said:
If you push yourself, especially when you're feeling down, writing can bring you out of the doldrums. I find that it's very difficult sometimes but when you make that breakthrough you can find your writing go from crap to awesome, followed by your spirits. :)
Sorry to double-dip. Ok, I lied, I really am not sorry. Anyhow, I absolutely think writing has a positive effect on my mood. I never set targets, minimum time, or a word count. I let my creativity flow when it wants to which is usually later in the evening into the very early morning hours. I jump on that feeling when I get it, because as we all know, writer's block is unpredictable, and I never know when it is going to come. Alternatively, when I am feeling like crap, the best therapy in the world for me is to break out paper and pen. Typing on a computer doesn't do it for me. I have to physically feel what is inside come out. There has to be that brain-to-hand-to-paper connection. If I can't think of anything to write, I'll pick up a book, hold it by it's bind and let it open to whichever page the universe feels like showing me, and then I randomly pick 20-30 words which I then use. On this same token, I don't know how many of you read the Bible or even own one, but if you ever need some very descriptive words, pick one up. Forget about your personal feelings towards it or religion in general. Use it as a tool. The pages usually go in themes and it has been great for use to inspire poetry! There are days when I just can't write no matter what I try, and I don't beat myself up about it, but I have noticed that those days come after I let the inspiration that I previously felt pass without acting on it. I do think there is a connection.
I think some of my best writing happened during my darkest moments. I really believe pain is the best creative boost ever.
Definitely your mood is helped by writing. I just went through 5 years of caring for my sick husband who finally died last July. For two years I've been writing a memoir about what we went through. I just finished the last chapter and I feel it's been therapy for me. I'm not depressed, but still sad.