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?
Hi Jem, good question! As a professional writer for more than 30 years, I need writing as I need air! Although I teach full time, I try to craft words as much as possible! I'm finishing my 3rd book an erotic tale, after my first two books Shadow-psychological/horror which has been compared to Poe/King https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18045686-shadow & Micro Musings romantic/erotic/humor/horror micro-poetry! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/321668
I don't set targets, sometimes I may only fashion a handful of words, but even that gives some satisfaction, rather than having set goals and then inviting a negative feeling if I fail to meet those goals!
In terms of mental state, I feel it depends on which particular genre you may be writing in. I write across many-fantasy/erotic/romantic/horror/noir & poetry, so would argue that a dark mood may assist in the more gloomy genres!
'Writing' is too general a category to define how my mood is affected. Writing for work involves pressure, guilt, angst, dissatisfaction with the result mingled with relief at meeting a deadline. Writing for myself is amazing. Just starting a story sends my mind in so many new directions I have to write down the ideas for later development. I get such a high from that kind of writing.
Always! Believe it elevates it to intensity though I tend to get lost in the words and concentrate becoming part of the character or story.
But, after writing a bit, it makes you feel as though you have accomplished something and that feels so very, very good.
To be honest i been writing for an year and mood is really important when writing and also in reading cause it make's you're writing really something unexplain. in Helsinki before i used to write i also used to be an project manager at http://www.sematgroup.com/ and having a bad mood make's everything ruin but in good mood everything is always goes well.
If my words can affect me, then I'm confident they can affect other people. And that's when writing gets exciting and can really raise my spirits.
I don't often define targets. I'm happy so long as I have an idea in my head.
I found writing allowed me to get some emotion or stress out that I had bottled up inside me. I guess that's why some of my writing can be pretty dark, but I always get up feeling rejuvenated and happy because of it. Strangely though, once I tried to do writing as a profession, that became a hard feeling to achieve. Whenever I try writing for profit, I feel constrained by things like word count and time, and unfortunately it loses some of the joy in it. My best writing comes when I'm not trying, when I'm just looking to get something out and that's when I'm at my happiness. Hopefully some day I'll learn how to not let business taint my work and my mood.
Writing is an elixir. Like all creative and analytical activities, it requires prolonged attention. Cycles of writing have associated moods, and the topic is complex because cycles differ according to the type of writing. Let's take the chess analogy, which is imperfect but will serve. Getting into a play, a story or a poem can be as engaging as the opening move of a chess game. The work takes hold in what you might think of as a middle game. Endings will vary depending on the way the work is heading. But the end must be conclusive for you, the story and the reader. In chess, the game's end can be foreseen a few moves from Check Mate, and sometimes you have concessions. Two other things must be added. (1) Good writing is all about rewriting. When the preliminary draft cycle has concluded, the next game is the savage, self-critical review. (2) Writing must find an audience. This can take a long search for the right home, and it may involve rewriting as in (1).
I've always loved reading and writing. Since a mental breakdown a couple of years ago I've been using writing as a form of healing.
Unfortunately I'm not very good at reading yet (attention span, wandering mind and inability to remember a paragraph earlier is making it very difficult). I don't think I've read a book in two years. But with writing it's different - like a play in my head that I can pick up and put down.
When I started writing I was lucky to write 100 words in a day - and that was me sat at the laptop for twelve hours. Now I try to write at least 500 words a day. More often it climbs above this to 800-1,000 but I'm not pushing myself too hard to improve at the moment. If I don't write I feel like I've missed something really important to me; very empty and dark. When I do write I feel accomplished, happy and like I'm moving in the right direction (mental health wise).
Definitely improves my mood :))
What is strange though is I can't remember a lot of what I've written - so editing is weird and difficult because it is back to that reading thing again...
It will be nice when the reading thing fixes itself *fingers crossed*